Bangladesh Rohingya refugee crisis

A father carries his son across a broken bridge on the edge of Balhukali camp, Bangladesh. Three days of heavy rains flooded the areas where people had set up temporary shelters, forcing them to move to higher ground. Photo: Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville
A father carries his son across a broken bridge on the edge of Balhukali camp, Bangladesh. Three days of heavy rains flooded the areas where people had set up temporary shelters, forcing them to move to higher ground. Photo: Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville

Half a million Rohingya people have crossed over to Bangladesh in the last weeks. This unprecedented number of refugees arriving in a very short period has resulted in a large scale and escalating humanitarian crisis. Oxfam is responding. You can help us reach more people in need of life-saving assistance.

After their dangerous travel to Bangladesh, the refugees are living in terrible conditions and are in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance such as food and drinking water.

A significant number of them were injured while crossing the border. Many families have lost or are unable to locate the whereabouts of their loved ones. They are physically and emotionally traumatized.

More than 70% of the refugees are surviving without adequate shelter and half have no safe drinking water. Recent rains have caused flooding and risks of mudslides in some of the makeshift settlements. The delivery of relief aid has slowed down because of it.

Oxfam is responding

Oxfam has started to respond with life-saving essentials. Help includes:

  • water tanks, water treatment plants and containers for clean drinking water;
  • portable toilets and sanitation facilities;
  • 70 tons of flattened rice, 23 tons of sugar, and 23,000 fortified biscuit packs;
  • plastic sheets for shelter, and other essential supplies.

We are working with the government and other agencies to make sure that new refugee camps being set up meet humanitarian standards for the delivery of aid. Ensuring the safety of people, with particular attention to the protection of women and girls, remains a concern.

We have already reached up to 140,000 people. With your help, we will reach at least 200,000 people.

Please donate to our emergency fund now