Community kitchens offer safe, clean cooking spaces for Rohingya women like Jamila. Credit: Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace
When conflict erupted in the Rakhine State, Myanmar in August 2017, Rohingya people were forced from their homes to escape brutal persecution and violence. In just a few months, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people had crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh to seek safety. Now, more than 850,000 refugees are stuck in camps, struggling to survive in extremely poor conditions. As the monsoon rains start in Bangladesh, extreme weather puts tens of thousands of people at serious risk. Your support is helping to reach vulnerable families with life-saving assistance including food, water and medical care; and support to keep families safe during months of heavy rain.
How you’re helping
With your help, our partner on the ground, Christian Aid, is working to support people living in the camps who desperately need it. Trained healthcare professionals are providing urgently needed medical care; tarpaulins and ropes ensure families can set-up shelters and protect themselves and their children against the wet weather and cold; and blankets and floor mats means people can warm as overnight temperatures drop with the onset of winter.
Child-friendly learning spaces are giving Rohingya children a safe environment to learn and play. For children who have seen unimaginable horrors, the centres give them the opportunity to just be kids again, helping them to heal from the trauma they’ve experienced. Community kitchens have also been established. These not only provide women with a place to cook, but offers them a place to come together to share stories and support one another through this incredibly difficult time.