Laila arrived in Balukhali Camp, Bangladesh, with her two children and pregnant with her third. Her and her family had no choice but to flee their home in Myanmar, and she hasn’t seen her husband since. She had only the clothes on her back, and some food and a tarpaulin she was given, to set up a home for her and her children in the camp. Photo: Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam.
Close to a million Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh. This unprecedented number of refugees, of whom more than half are children, has caused a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Oxfam is responding, but we need your help.
The fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world
Around 671,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine State in Bangladesh’s south-eastern districts since August, and hundreds more are arriving every day. They join hundreds of thousands who are already living in refugee camps and with local communities. More than half of them are women and girls.
Many have arrived with just the clothes on their backs – they need food, clean water and shelter to survive, but above all they need to feel safe. People are living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements. Conditions in the camps are woefully inadequate and unhealthy, with overflowing latrines and contaminated water. They’re largely unlit and dangerous at night – women, girls and children are particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
Oxfam is responding
We are providing life-saving aid including clean drinking water to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. We’re helping people stay healthy and hygienic by installing water points, toilets and showers and distributing soap and other essentials. We are currently developing a pilot project to reach more people with nutritious food via an innovative e-voucher system, working with local food sellers. So far, we have reached 240,000 people. You can help us scale up our response to more than 300,000.