In August 2017 violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar instigated a mass exodus of the Rohingya people. They came over the border to Bangladesh and set up whatever shelter they could in places like Cox’s Bazar. They are mostly women and children, as many men and older boys lost their lives in the fighting.
Families are surviving in appalling conditions, many without shelter or clean water. Tearfund Ireland have partners on the ground providing life saving hygiene kits and safe drinking water to traumatised families. They are also giving medical assistance, as there is a high risk of deadly outbreaks of disease.
To date our partners have distributed 28,000 portions of cooked food, 66,000 litres of water and given medical help to more than 33,000 people.