The Rohingya in Myanmar Burma face a terrifying humanitarian catastrophe
Villages are being burned and raised to the ground. Innocent children are being taken from their families, their fathers killed and their mothers assaulted.Donate an Emergency Pack
An escalation in violence has forced more than 600,000 people of the Rohingya minority to flee their homes in Myanmar to Bangladesh. They have nothing but the clothes on their backs they've had to leave everything behind.
Reports suggest that as many as 2,000 people have been killed, in what the UN has called a classic case of ethnic cleansing.
In the border camps, basic necessities like food, water and shelter are in very short supply. Resources are stretched to breaking point and starvation and sickness will quickly spread unless humanitarian aid reaches these desperate people.Donate to our Myanmar Emergency Fund
Hundreds of thousands of displaced families are crying out for our help. Thankfully, our teams are able to deliver that help, but we need your support to be able to ease their suffering.
Just €80 will provide a hungry family with food for a whole month. €130 will buy an emergency parcel, containing food, clean water and medical supplies. If we don’t act now, more innocent people will die.
Hundreds of thousands women, children and families are destitute, in grave danger and without food or medical supplies.
Human Appeal Works in these camps, with your help, delivering what aid it can. Find out about our medical projects for the Rohingya hereHelp Rohingya families today
There are approximately 1.4m members of the Rohingya minority living in Burma/Myanmar. They regularly face persecution and attack which came to a head in 2012 when a quarter of a million people fled in fear by boat out of the country or to crowded refugee camps in Rahkine State where they live precariously, denied freedom of movement and access to housing and basic healthcare.
The Rohingya are an ethnic minority mainly based in the Rahkine State of Eastern Burma. The military government of the country have refused to accept their legal status and falsely claims that they are in fact 'Bengali' and are illegally in Burma. This means that they are denied basic healthcare and citizenship rights. At the same time, those who have fled persecution at home and are currently living as undocumented refugees in Bangladesh are denied basic assistance in that country, leaving the Rohingya in a precarious limbo.
The International Community has condemned the Burmese government for its treatment of its Rohingyan minority, but little has changed in their treatment, and there has been little support given them by any of the political parties from the majority ethnic groups.
Aid delivered directly and responsibly
As with many humanitarian crises, the challenges arising out of emergency situations must be managed carefully and according to principles of professionalism and transparency.
We are extremely grateful to our team of experienced field staff that are working in very difficult conditions. This work is carried out according to our well-established, highest professional and ethical standards. Getting aid directly to beneficiaries based solely according to their level of need and in a careful and respectful manner.
Response in Bangladesh
Human Appeal carried out a distribution of 450 food packs among the Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong camp, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. This camp is the largest camp in Balukhali.
Relief items include food (rice, flour, lentil, cooking oil, sugar, salt and milk) Non-food items (cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, clothes, blankets, mosquito nets, soaps) and shelter (Shelter/Tent (18 x 12) with rope 500 gm- 01), water purification tablets and medical service.
Currently all distributions in the camps are being carried out in three ways:
INGOs and local NGOs are seeking permission from the local authorities to distribute aid within the camps. However as according to new regulations some aid agencies are only permitted to do a portion of the distribution within the camp themselves whereas the remainder is taken by the local authorities to be distributed at a later time or date.
Random distributions are being carried out without gaining prior permission by the Government. These distributions have been carried out by other local and INGO's that have at times resulted in people being injured and in some cases may have led to deaths due to distribution mismanagement.
There are a small number of local NGOs within Cox's Bazaar who have the necessary government permission and are assisting INGOs like Human Appeal to carry out complete distributions within the camp.
As a result of Human Appeal's longstanding work in Bangladesh, our local knowledge, partnerships, and our standing as a credited, well-organised, INGO we are distributing all of our aid within the camps direct to beneficiaries. We are therefore able to categorically say that all of our donors' support for the Rohingya people is distributed responsibly.
Response in Myanmar
Again as a result of it's reputation as a humanitarian organisation, Human Appeal is working with displaced Rohingya inside Myanmar. This week we are able to get food aid to families in the Sittwe Township.
Rohingya beneficiary holds her food parcel ticket which she received from Human Appeal Staff
Human Appeal Aid Truck Arrives in Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh
Direct Distribution of Aid to Rohingya Woman (in first picture above) in Bangladesh Refugee Staff by Human Appeal Worker