Rohingya Refugee Crisis
UNICEF delivers vital support to vulnerable children and families
On 25 August 2017, the world witnessed a massive humanitarian crisis unfold in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Hundreds of thousands of terrorised Rohingya fled from Rakhine as they came under violent attack and villages were razed. This triggered an unprecedented exodus across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh. Within a few weeks, half a million people entered Bangladesh seeking safety and shelter.
There are now 860,000 Rohingya living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, over half of whom are children.
Thanks to the generous support of local Bangladeshi communities, and a multi-national aid effort led by the Government of Bangladesh, the dire threat of a further humanitarian crisis was averted.
UNICEF and humanitarian partners have scaled up and expanded basic services including water, sanitation, healthcare, education, nutrition, protection and communication.