Rohingya refugees line up to evacuate burnt down refugee camp.
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Rohingya Emergency

URGENT EMERGENCY APPEAL: devastating fire destroys Rohingya refugee camps

Rohingya refugees are reeling from yet another tragedy as a fire has destroyed thousands of shelters in a Rohingya refugee camp.

UNHCR and our partners have rushed to respond but the damage is extensive, and we can’t do this alone.

Nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state over the past three years. Infrastructure and services were already stretched to their limits, with many families lacking adequate shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. The fires have intensified these shortages, simultaneously heightening the risk of COVID-19.  

We are providing protection and temporary shelter, safety and security to refugees left homeless and issuing documentation for those who lost everything in the devastating blaze. We are also working to reunite children who were separated from their families during the fire.

But we cannot do this alone.

Your help is needed urgently to help us respond to this emergency.

By donating today, you can help Rohingya families from Myanmar access:

Splitting and weaving muli bamboo in Kutupalong camp for shelters. ; During the first weeks after late August, when Rohingya refugees poured over the border from Myanmar into camps in Bangladesh, there was little time to plan either the location or construction of dwellings.
Shelter materials
Rohingya mother Laila Begum, 30, and her children (from left) Aysha, 7, and Kishmot Ara, 5, receive their UNHCR Non-Food Items emergency relief pack in their makeshift shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh.
Relief items
A Rohingya fills a bucket and kettle at a standpipe in Kutupalong camp.
Clean water facilities
A young child stands outside shelters in Camp 4 Extension, Kutupalong Refugee Camp, south-east Bangladesh.
Protection services

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