Over 480,000 people – the majority women and children – have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Many have recently arrived in the city of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, which borders Myanmar.
After walking for days, people are already sick and malnourished. Having travelled on foot through jungle, monsoon rains and intense heat, their lives have been turned upside down. Thousands of people are now camping in the open with little or no shelter on muddy hillsides. They have no access to clean water or toilets.
With so many people living in such close proximity, it is essential that we get basic amenities in place as soon as possible.
Plan International has launched a full-scale humanitarian response to the crisis in Bangladesh to support the Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar.
Hundreds of Rohingya children are reported to be unaccompanied, leaving them at particular risk of human trafficking, sexual abuse, child labour and child marriage. Thousands are camping in exposed conditions with no access to clean water or toilets. Young children in particular are at risk from water borne and contagious diseases.
Plan International has worked in Bangladesh for 23 years. Right now, our teams are on the ground launching a full-scale humanitarian response – focusing on keeping children safe and protected, and providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
By donating to our Rohingya Crisis Appeal, you will help us to:
– identify and document unaccompanied, separated and orphaned children
– provide psychosocial support to girls, boys and their families through child-friendly spaces, community support groups and psychological first aid
– distribute emergency supplies including hygiene kits, jerry cans and buckets to provide safe drinking water
– provide 1,500 emergency community toilets and 350 clean bathing spaces, to reduce health risks related to poor sanitation.