An estimated 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following violence in Myanmar. The number is rising. They need your help, fast.
Treated worse than animals, this dehumanisation of the Rohingya people has become ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Human rights violations and destruction are rife, with women raped, children abused and villages burned to the ground.
Homes, shops and entire villages are being burned to the ground. The refugees fleeing the violence have crossed the border injured and ill and need urgent medical attention. The camps in Bangladesh do not have sufficient resources to treat the injured or feed the many that haven't eaten in days.
The situation is constantly changing and escalating. We need your urgent help now!
Images of our aid delivery:
There is a mass exodus from the country as people flee for their lives, facing perilous journeys to do so. Dozens of refugees, including children, are missing and presumed dead, as Rohingya Muslims were forced to risk everything to escape this brutal persecution.
Far from home and afraid for their lives, most are now dependent on aid for all their basic needs – food, water, shelter and medical care.
We have been working in Burma constructing Barracks and Shelter for internally displaced people in Say Tha Mar Gyi Camp near Sittwe Township particularly. This area is unfortunately the epicentre of community violence in Arakan - where more than 250,000 civilians have seen food supplies cut off in the latest round of violence.
Over 680 Rohingyans have so far benefitted from the construction of these provisions and our partners are working on the development and construction of further household shelters for families in Pauk Taw Township as part of our resettlement project.
We are also responding to the crisis by way of providing essential food and non perishable items in Myanmar.
The situation is constantly changing, while we have been delivering long terms aid within Myanmar we are currently standing by as the government is refusing aid for the Rohingya community. We have teams in neighbouring Bangladesh where we will be distributing aid to those fleeing violence.
The state of the Rohingya camps before our intervention
Penny Appeal teams have been providing life saving aid to the Rohingya community since 2015.
In November 2016 the Rohingya people were in the grip of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Escalating violence caused the death of at least 86 people, and up to 30,000 people have been forced out of their homes.
Our teams were on the ground in places like Sittwe, Burma, delivering life-saving essential aid to those in the camps. We provided food, hygiene and sanitation items, and clean water. We also rebuilt shelters that were destroyed or damaged.
Please donate today to help the Rohingya refugees who now need your help more than ever.
“And whoever saves one life, it is as if they had saved mankind entirely.”
[Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:32]
Our food packs contain nutritional items like pasta, rice, sugar and chickpeas and can support families for an entire month.
Simple things such as hygiene and sanitation items, clothes and blankets can make a big difference to the health of refugees.
Provide access to medication to a family.
Provide access to water to a family of 6-8 people. Water supplies and storage equipment – jars, jerry cans plus water purification tablets.
Give a family warmth, security and protection by providing them with shelter.
Each shelter can house eight families, providing warmth, security and protection.
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