The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. As of 24 May, there are an estimated 905,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. Not only has the pace of arrivals since 25 August made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatized, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines.
To date, CERF has allocated $19 million to support urgent relief efforts for the most vulnerable new arrivals and enable humanitarian partners to scale up the humanitarian response. But more funding is needed to address the outstanding needs.
The situation becomes even more challenging as the incoming cyclone and monsoon season approaches, posing severe risks to the gains made. Limited safe space for refugees more at risk and lack of appropriate shelters for high winds and cyclones hampers risk mitigation efforts.
In Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, the humanitarian response to the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar continues to be coordinated by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) which is led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
To address the ongoing and increasing needs, a new Joint Response Plan was launched on 16 March 2018, requesting US$951 million to provide life-saving assistance to 1.3 million people, including Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh and local host communities. As of 25 May, the appeal remains only 18 per cent funded.
The priority needs in the plan, which covers the March-December 2018 timeframe, include food, water and sanitation, shelter, and medical care. View funding updates here.