As the monsoon season fast approaches, it is a race against time for Rohingya refugee families.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya children, women and men have been forced to flee to Bangladesh escaping violence in Myanmar since August 2017.

Although they have reached safety in Bangladesh, the dangers are far from over. Heavy monsoon conditions and potential cyclones are expected to hit Bangladesh imminently, putting refugee settlements at serious risk. What is already a humanitarian crisis could turn into a full-scale catastrophe.  

UNHCR is racing to prepare both refugee and host communities for the monsoon, in close collaboration with partners and authorities.

We must get clean water, sanitation facilities and health services to these families now. We urgently need your help. 

What can you do to help?

A gift today will help provide:

> Monsoon Emergency Kits to help families strengthen their shelters.
> Emergency shelter and relocation for families in dangerous areas.
> Vital supplies to health centres to treat the sick and prevent disease outbreaks.  

Every day of monsoonal rain is a day too late to avoid catastrophic disease outbreaks and further suffering for Rohingya families.

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Mohammad Alam and his family's shelter is at risk from flooding

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Rohingya families are walking barefoot for days to reach safety in Bangladesh.

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Rohingya refugees prepare for the monsoon by building new reinforced shelters with materials supplied by UNHCR.

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Many Rohingya women and children are arriving without husbands and fathers.

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Providing Shelter

UNHCR provides refugees with emergency shelter — tents, tarpaulins and demountable housing — in the immediate aftermath of displacement. More broadly, we are responsible for site planning and camp management to ensure refugee settlements are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. For those living outside camps, UNHCR funds the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the construction of new homes and rental assistance for those in urban situations. UNHCR also provides materials that displaced people need to build a home themselves under self-help schemes.

Providing Food 

Malnutrition is a common consequence of conflict and displacement. UNHCR works with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that all refugees have access to adequate nutrient-rich food. UNHCR assists with the distribution of food rations in camps and provide urban refugees with vouchers and cash assistance for the purchase of food and groceries. In acute situations, UNHCR supports emergency nutrition and therapeutic feeding programs, supplying fortified milks and ready-to-use therapeutic foods.

Providing Education

Education is a crucial part of refugee relief, even in emergencies. School provides a safe and stable environment for children, restoring their sense of normality and routine, and allowing them to receive important health and safety messages. Education also helps people rebuild their communities and pursue productive, meaningful lives. Where refugees live in the community, UNHCR negotiates with governments to allow them access to local schools. In refugee camps, UNHCR promotes education for children and adults, operating schools and vocational training programs.

Providing Protection

Children and families fleeing violence, war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.

Providing Supplies

UNHCR distributes life-sustaining items such as mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, stoves and fuel, soap and other sanitary items to refugees under its care. These supplies are tailored to the specific needs of the refugee population: for example, winterisation kits are distributed in camps and communities where sub-zero temperatures occur. UNHCR maintains global stockpiles of core relief items for immediate delivery in emergency situations.

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