Since 25 August 2017, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, fleeing violence in northern areas of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Most of them are women and children. The bulk of the new arrivals are living in makeshift settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district in dire conditions.
Since August 2017, owing to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the northern areas of Rakhine State, Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of women, children and men – have crossed into Bangladesh. These vulnerable people, the newly arrived and those living in Cox’s Bazaar since last year, have no access to income sources and struggle to provide for the minimum levels of food and other essential needs required for survival. This is one of the largest and most complex crises in the region in decades.
The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and IFRC response will provide 200,000 displaced people with support in medical health, mental health and psychosocial support, gender and protection, shelter, relief items, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, and livelihoods.
An emergency appeal has been launched seeking 33 million Swiss francs to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in its response.
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