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Photo credit: Helen Manson

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Persecution has seen the Rohingya flee Myanmar as refugees to Bangladesh, where more than 905,000 are living in squalid conditions. 

As well as enduring food insecurity, trauma, exploitation, and a lack of fuel for heating and cooking, they're also in danger of disease, landslides and flooding caused by monsoon rains. 

Will you help Rohingya families?

The Rohingya are considered by the UN to be the largest group of stateless people in the world and among the most persecuted. Since August 2017, increased violence against the Rohingya has forced thousands of families to flee Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh. These refugees are now living in overcrowded settlements, and are in desperate need of assistance.

More than 905,000 Rohingya are living in the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh. The urgency of this situation is exacerbated by the Monsoon season, bringing flooding, landslides and disease.

*World Health Organisation: Bangladesh

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  • $20

    helps to provide literary training for one Rohingya teenager

  • $25

    will help reinforce shelters

  • $37

    helps to train one person in Psychosocial First Aid

  • 700,000

    More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017

  • 905,000

    More than 905,000 Rohingya refugees now live in Bangladesh

  • 4,560

    Tearfund's partners have already distributed emergency shelter and hygiene kits to 4,560 Rohingya households

How you can help

The Rohingya people have had their villages destroyed and have been forced to flee their homeland. They are now living in desperate conditions. Please donate and help Tearfund's partners deliver:

  • Hygiene education: $5 can educate one person on safe hygiene practices to help prevent large-scale disease outbreaks.
  • Monsoon assistance:  $25 can provide materials to strengthen shelters.
  • Psychosocial support: $37 helps to train someone in psychosocial first aid so they can help people suffering trauma.
  • Youth Clubs: $3500 can help set up and run a youth club for six months to offer young people some dignity and hope for the future by providing education and sports activities. 

“There is a grave humanitarian crisis underway that requires urgent attention.”

Marzuki Darusman, the Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar.

Children carry water up a dusty hillside amongst cramped temporary shelters. Photo credit: Helen Manson

Photo Credit: Helen Manson

"I feel so alone, he was my whole life"

“He was my whole life. We were just teenagers when we got married. I really miss him at night. That’s when I feel the most insecure. I feel so alone, I am a single older woman. I don’t have anyone. I miss our lifestyle. He was a day labourer and I would cook and clean for him. Then one day when I was at home, I heard gunshots. I saw with my own eyes as the soldiers shot my husband three times in the chest. I started to run to help him and the soldiers turned their guns on me. Their bullets hit my goat and killed it and I escaped with my life. I turned back to see them light my house on fire.” 

Tearfund's partners are here providing emergency relief, vocational skills training and urgently needed psychosocial support to refugee families in Bangladesh.

Plus, the New Zealand Aid Programme has been matching dollar for dollar donations for our programme, and is helping to fund our partner’s work until the end of November 2018.


Note: All monthly gifts, as well as funds raised that exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, go to our General Disaster Fund helping other people affected by disaster and conflict around the world.

Families have been torn apart by tragedy

Photos by Christena Dowsett

Meet Hamida

Hamida, 27, sits in a room full of women whose husbands were killed while fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Hamida carried one child on her hip, one on her back, and made her five-year-old walk 10 days to reach Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.

“If I could go to the grave and be born again, I could never forget what happened to us,” Hamida said. "I would give half the world away to have my husband back. I’m thinking of the future. We don’t have enough food. We had to leave everything behind."

Tearfund's partners are on the ground now helping people like Hamida. By giving today your donation will allow us to keep providing urgently needed assistance to the Rohingya people beyond November and into 2019!


Note: All monthly gifts, as well as funds raised that exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, go to our General Disaster Fund helping other people affected by disaster and conflict around the world.