Every day, 1000s of people from Rakhine state, Myanmar, are crossing the border into Bangladesh. People are arriving in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care after travelling for days through rain and mud to reach the Cox's Bazar region close to the border, the main destination for people fleeing Rakhine. We're working with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society(BDRCS) to provide immediate assistance.

Geplaatst door International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies op Dinsdag 12 september 2017

The road from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar is lined with people who have set up make shift camps and shelters in the mud.  The situation is desperate says Martin Faller, Deputy Regional Director, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“It’s one of the biggest man-made crises and mass movements of people in the region for decades,” said Martin Faller, Deputy Regional Director, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“All humanitarian agencies are working nonstop, but in the Cox’s Bazar area the enormous scale of this crisis means that hundreds of thousands of people are living in makeshift camps and spontaneous settlements with next to nothing.

“People have no food, water or shelter and they are in desperate need of support. No one should have to live like this,” Mr Faller said.

IFRC is working in support of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and alongside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other agencies, to provide food, thousands of litres of purified water and hundreds of portable water containers each day to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the new arrivals.

“Our teams in Cox’s Bazar have confirmed that people are pouring into Bangladesh every day. They arrive hungry and dehydrated, but there isn’t enough food for everyone. We’re distributing emergency food supplies, but it isn’t enough,” said Mozharul Huq, Secretary General, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

Mounting concern for women and children

“We are worried that children, pregnant women and older people will quickly become malnourished and sick. Safety issues are a mounting concern. We are working with other agencies to urgently create safe spaces for women and children.

“Each day our teams of doctors, nurses and paramedics are treating hundreds of injured and sick people but the queues keep getting bigger,” Mr Huq said.

Emergency food supplies are being rushed to the area for 75,000 people. More help is on its way.

IFRC has revised its existing emergency appeal for the Cox’ Bazar region and is urgently appealing for 12.7 million Swiss Francs so that it can set up field hospitals and water purification units to meet the essential needs of the displaced people in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent is the country’s leading humanitarian organization. It has a strong presence in Cox’s Bazar, and is working closely with the Government of Bangladesh and Red Cross Red Crescent stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response, including UN agencies.