Myanmar-Bangladesh Refugee Crisis

Over 500,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on 25 August 2017. Many of these refugees are going without food, clean water, healthcare and other necessities.

On 25 August 2017, violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Since then, it is estimated that over 500,000 people, up to 60% of which are children, have crossed the border into Bangladesh.


Formal refugee camps and makeshift settlements have sprung up, while new spontaneous settlements have formed and are quickly growing. The refugees suffer most acutely from food scarcity and a lack of clean drinking water, safe sanitation, shelter, healthcare, nutrition, clothing and personal safety.


World Vision is on the ground in Bangladesh. We began distributing emergency food and relief supplies to some 25,250 refugees. The food packages include rice, lentils, salt, cooking oil, and sugar, with distribution priority given to those most vulnerable to malnutrition and medical complications (e.g. children, pregnant mothers). In order to more effectively reach refugees with emergency food aid, World Vision is seeking to raise USD618,190 (Over RM2.6 million) in funding.


If you would like to give hope to those who have escaped the violence in Myanmar, please donate to World Vision’s relief work in Bangladesh. We will update you as the situation develops and the relief effort grows.

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