Myanmar Refugee Crisis
What's Happening in Myanmar?
About the Myanmar Refugee Crisis
Since August 2017, more than 688,000 people from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh after an escalation of violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State. Around 80 percent of the refugees are women, children and small babies. The more than 300,000 women and children trekked barefoot for days, through fields, jungles and rivers to get to Bangladesh. Many of the women had to make the journey while pregnant or carrying small children. CARE Bangladesh County Director Zia Choudhury has called the Myanmar Refugee Crisis “the worst conditions I have seen” in 20 years of working with refugees.
In Balukhali Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, women lack privacy, safe places to sleep, sufficient sanitation facilities and mental health support. In addition, a lot of them do not have the means to feed their children and worry for their mental and physical health; many children are suffering from traumatic experiences, skin diseases, diarrhea and fevers. Gender-based violence poses a serious threat.
CARE Bangladesh’s emergency team is working in Cox’s Bazar district, distributing food and working to provide safe shelter, health services, sanitary facilities and protection. CARE has worked in Bangladesh since 1949, and has extensive experience responding to humanitarian disasters. CARE has worked in Cox’s Bazar district, where most refugees have sought shelter, for many years, working in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, women’s empowerment and emergency response. In the last five years, CARE Bangladesh has supported more than 450,000 people with life-saving assistance.
*Updated March 2018
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