Myanmar Bangladesh Crisis Myanmar Bangladesh Crisis

CARE is providing urgent food and assistance to refugees

CARE is providing urgent food and assistance to refugees

Conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has affected over one million people and more than 918,000 people have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

More than three quarters of those refugees have arrived in the last twelve months alone. Children account for more than half of the people who have fled to Bangladesh. And tragically, more than one thousand of those children have arrived alone, without either of their parents. They are exhausted, hungry, and desperate.

The monsoon season has brought torrential downpours, causing landslides and floods – damaging more than 170 shelters and forcing people to move to higher ground.

Their situation is dire and without our help, the suffering will not end.

What is CARE doing? 

“Every day that passes means that people are at risk of being forgotten,” says Zia Choudhury, CARE Bangladesh’s Country Director. “It is vital that we continue our support, particularly ahead of the monsoon rains. In Cox’s Bazar, close to the Myanmar border, families are sleeping in fields and on muddy paths. They have nowhere else to go. The people who have fled Rakhine State are in desperate need of clean drinking water, food, medical help and a safe place to sleep.”

CARE has been working in the refugee camps since the beginning of the crisis and has reached more than 315,000 people with emergency shelter, medical support, clean water, nutritious food, and other relief services.

Watch an update from Balukhali camp in Bangladesh on the six month anniversary of the crisis:

Read more about our progress in the Myanmar Refugee Program Overview.

Please donate to help people affected by conflict in Rakhine State.

Donate by phone

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.

Monthly donations will go to emergency relief & preparedness activities where it is needed most.