11 September 2017

Over 270,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August when violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

In response to the rapidly escalating crisis, UNHCR had revised its funding needs and is now calling for US$6 million (nearly AU$7.5 million) for shelter and other relief items. Australia for UNHCR has launched an emergency appeal to support this.

The latest images of the refugee emergency, including photos taken over the weekend, can be downloaded here

UNHCR has a spokesperson available to speak from the ground in Bangladesh.

UNHCR is leading the humanitarian response, and has issued a global call for support to help it deliver life-saving aid.

• Supplying emergency shelter and core relief items such as clothes, plastic sheets for shelter and sleeping mats.
• Providing additional support for vulnerable arrivals, including medical treatment for those in need, and family tracing for separated children.
• Setting up communal structures to provide temporary shelter for new arrivals.

The funds will also cover food, sanitation facilities, medicine, medical equipment, protection activities, psychosocial support and registration.

People can donate at www.unrefugees.org.au/rohingya or by calling 1300 361 288.

Please contact me on one of the below numbers for more information or to arrange an interview.

Mark Macdonald 
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
+61 431 619 892
[email protected]

Wendy Bruere 
Media and Communications Coordinator
+61 2 9276 6812
[email protected]

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