Terrifying violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 700,000 Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh.

A military crackdown on insurgence has left innocent Rohingya families subject to unthinkable trauma—family members killed and homes and fields set ablaze.

This is not the first instance of violence against the Rohingya. For decades, they have endured severe discrimination and continue to be denied citizenship in Myanmar.

Escalating brutality has forced the Rohingya from their homes with nothing. Refugees—mostly women, children and the elderly—are pouring into a small region of Bangladesh and settling in miserable shelter conditions with little access to food, medical and sanitation services.

Additionally, monsoon season is about to start in Bangladesh and there are serious concerns about whether or not the camps—many constructed on hillsides—will be able to survive the rains.

Displaced, malnourished and deeply traumatized, the Rohingya are in need of many necessities for survival.

Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

In partnership with members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D is helping provide life-saving food assistance to Rohingya refugees living in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh. Distributions of lentils, oil, salt and sugar have been delivered to 1,884 households, about 11,304 people.

In collaboration with partners at the ACT Alliance, PWS&D is helping meet urgent needs and improve the living conditions of 60,000 Rohingya families—about 112,600 individuals—in Cox’s Bazar. The response is providing the following support: emergency food, shelter support, non-food items, hygiene kits, emergency health care, psychosocial support and water and sanitation.

Rohingya refugees unload a truck carrying tarps, blankets and other items in the Jamtoli Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Paul Jeffrey, ACT Alliance

Myanmar has signed a formal agreement with Bangladesh to start repatriating some of the 600,000 Rohingya. But in makeshift camps along the boarder, many refugees feel fear and resistance. As abuse and harrowing violence endure in Myanmar, PWS&D continues to support relief efforts in Bangladesh, where new families arrive still and the need for food, shelter and other relief items remains critical.

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'The Rohingya Crisis: Stories of Courage '

Since the outbreak of a military offensive against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Safiri has been living a nightmare.

As a Rohingya woman, she’d suddenly become the target for indiscriminate, harrowing violence—civilian killings and the obliteration of villages—in her own home country.

Safiri shares her story. Photo: World Renew

Safiri’s own village had been burned to the ground and her husband had been shot.

One night, fearing another attack by members of the army, Safiri abandoned everything she owned and fled with her 12 children to the Balukhai camp in Bangladesh.

They journeyed on foot for four days. Like many of the 600,000 Rohingya seeking safety in Bangladesh, Safiri’s arrival at the camp brought a new set of challenges—squalid shelter conditions and a lack of clean water, food, sanitation facilities and medical care.

In the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar, eighteen-year-old Toslima fears for her newborn child. A stranger helped deliver the baby boy on the side of the road, with no hot water, doctor or midwife. Toslima was fleeing Myanmar when she suddenly went into labour.

Both Safiri and Toslima’s stories of trauma and tragedy are hard to grasp, but their needs for survival are very real.

PWS&D is responding to meet the needs of Rohingya refugees like Safiri and Toslima in collaboration with Canadian Foodgrains Bank partner World Renew. PWS&D is helping supply food essentials including oil, lentils, sugar and salt to people living in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh.

Respond with us!

As Christians, we are called to respond to respond to the world’s pain and despair. Please join with us in supporting relief efforts for Rohingya refugees and continue to pray for an end to the violence and appalling human rights abuses taking place in Myanmar.

You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online or calling 1-800-619-7301 x 291. Please mark all donations “Rohingya crisis.”



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*Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s response in Bangladesh is undertaken with support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.