Rohingya Crisis Appeal

A woman with a baby receives an aid package from CAFOD's partners in Bangladesh.

Emergency aid is being given to vulnerable families who have fled their homes in Myanmar for Bangladesh.

Since 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar and now live in makeshift shelters in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Most of these refugees – mainly women and children – continue to need emergency aid just to survive day to day.

What is CAFOD doing to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh?

Our local experts have been providing practical help in Cox's Bazar since the camp was set up in 2017. We are continuing to work around the clock to ensure that the most vulnerable refugees in makeshift camps receive the aid they need.

So far, we have reached more than 360,000 Rohingya refugees with lifesaving help.

Together with Caritas Bangladesh - supported by dedicated teams of local aid workers and volunteers, with your generous donations we have 

  • provided food, kitchen supplies and blankets to over 89,000 vulnerable families 
  • installed 300 solar street lights, meaning women, children and the elderly can use water and toilet facilities at night
  • rebuilt temporary homes for 40,000 families, meaning they have somewhere to safer to shelter together.

We were devastated to hear from local experts that a massive fire has swept through Rohingya Refugee camps, destroying thousands of shelters, health centres and other facilities. Caritas Bangladesh's work in the camps is ongoing, as they seek to support the victims of the fire. 

Are Rohingya refugees vulnerable to coronavirus?

The camps in Bangladesh could now become an even more dangerous home for the many refugees who live there and the prevention measures we have become used to in the UK will be almost impossible to practice.

Refugee families rely on help for basic daily living supplies, including clean water, soap, and washing powder, so regular handwashing and washing clothes is a challenge.

The camps are very overcrowded and shelters are makeshift, making social distancing advice impractical.

Limited food and healthcare mean also mean that some people are already unwell and will need extra help to survive the virus.

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