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 more Rohingya people have crossed over to Bangladesh since August. This unprecedented number of refugees arriving in a very short space of time has caused a large scale and escalating humanitarian crisis. Twenty nine percent of all refugees are children. Oxfam is responding, but we need your help.

Existing and newly-built camps are insufficient to deal with the new influx of refugees. More than 70% of them do not have access to adequate shelter and half have no safe drinking water. Recent rains have caused flooding and risk of mudslides in some of the makeshift settlements.

In total more than a million people: recent arrivals, long-term refugees and host communities are in critical need. We are scaling up our response to reach 200,000 people

Oxfam is responding

We are providing:

  • 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;
  • dignity kits with hygiene items for women, girls, and children.

We are working with the government and other agencies to make sure that new refugee camps meet humanitarian standards for the delivery of aid. We are particularly concerned that adequate attention is given to the protection of women and girls.

So far we have reached 180,000 people. You can help us scale up our response.

Please donate to our emergency fund now