Support communities from Rakhine fleeing violence
Australian Red Cross has united with seven other major humanitarian organisations, the Federal Government and the ABC to launch a major joint effort for people who have survived violence in Myanmar.
More than 1 million people have been affected by violence in Rakhine State, including over 600,000 people, mostly women and children, who have fled to Bangladesh since late August this year.
It’s the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
Red Cross teams are on the ground offering relief on both sides of the border. We’ve already reached more than 255,000 people in Bangladesh with food and emergency aid. In Myanmar, we’ve provided food to 40,000 people and given hygiene kits, blankets, tarpaulins and more to 38,000 who are fleeing violence.
Donations will help provide more shelter, clean water, health care, protection for women and children and other humanitarian support for people and communities affected by the violence.
This is a terrific opportunity for us to make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Donations raised will assist Red Cross in providing humanitarian support to people and communities affected by violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, including those who have sought safety in neighbouring countries. That support may include:
- emergency relief and recovery assistance such as food, water, sanitation, shelter and health initiatives
- sending specialist aid workers to assist in assessment, relief, recovery and disaster and crisis management operations, as well as restoring family links
- working in affected areas to strengthen local resilience and deliver relief and recovery services
*Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross' control, Red Cross will direct excess funds to responding to international crises and resilience.