More than 655,500 Rohingya refugees are estimated to have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017.

Donate to the Bangladesh Rohingya Emergency Appeal today and your gift will provide more food for hungry families, more medicines to prevent children dying, more wells sunk to provide safe drinking water and more emergency shelters and blankets to give families a safe, dry place to sleep.

Rohingya refugees continue to arrive, exhausted, hungry, and sick after walking for days from their villages through jungles, across mountains and rivers carrying what little they could salvage from their homes. Many are deeply traumatised from what they have witnessed in Myanmar. They join over 300,000 Rohingya refugees who had already sought shelter in Bangladesh.

The two established UNHCR camps in Bangladesh were quickly overcrowded, with makeshift settlements springing up in surrounding areas.

UNHCR is leading the protection response and helping deliver life-saving aid including:

  • Humanitarian airlifts with tents, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats and solar lanterns
  • Emergency nutrition for children and pregnant women
  • New sites to accommodate refugees
  • Reuniting separated children
  • Trauma counselling
  • Cholera vaccination and medical services
  • Safe water and sanitation

This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world and UNHCR has declared it a Level 3 emergency, its highest level of alert.

Your donations in action

The majority of Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh are women and children.

Protection Protection

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

Safe Places Safe Places

Thousands of Rohingya refugees are streaming across the border into Bangladesh every day.

Registration Registration

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

Reuniting Families Reuniting Families

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Shelter Shelter Shelter
Food Food Food
Education Education Education
Protection Protection Protection
Supplies Supplies Supplies

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

People fleeing 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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