Rohingya Children’s Monsoon Emergency

Rohingya children survived extreme violence, but now they face a danger they can’t escape: monsoon season unprotected

Emergency

EMERGENCY

Over half a million Rohingya children have escaped unspeakable acts of violence in Myanmar, only to face a new danger in Bangladesh - monsoon season unprotected.

Vulnerable children and their families are living in shelters on hilly areas with no trees, rocks or shrubs to hold sandy ground – much of which has now turned into mud - as relentless rains continue and flood water rises rapidly. 

Kids are defenceless to deadly floods, landslides and waterborne diseases. 

UNICEF is working around the clock to protect refugee children, but the situation is desperate. We urgently need your help to provide life-saving support.

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On 10th June 2018 in Bangladesh, Rohingya refugee children struggle with the mud collecting on a retaining wall during the first days of monsoon rain in Cox's Bazar. Much of the infrastructure of the camps is eroding as the rain falls.

“Houses were burning. There were rocket launchers. They were killing people after arresting them, that’s why we fled here.” – Umme, age 12.

This is a story no child should tell. But sadly, it is a common one for refugee children like Umme. 

She is just one of 1.3 million Rohingya refugees that escaped extreme violence and persecution in Myanmar. 

Now living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, she is facing the devastating effects of monsoon season. Torrential rain and wind is ravaging the overcrowded camp, causing deadly floods, landslides and outbreaks of disease.

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Flimsy makeshift shelters are in danger of becoming flooded with raw sewage and mud and polluting the only water children have to drink. 

This leaves children open to deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which can spread rapidly and kill within hours if left untreated.

UNICEF is on the ground feeding and vaccinating children, while establishing flood defences, medical service points and tanks to store clean drinking water.

But time is running out. We urgently need your support to protect Rohingya children.

Just $35 can buy 5000 water purification tablets, to ensure children can access safe clean drinking water.

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On 12th June 2018 in Bangladesh, a Rohingya refugee boy struggles through the mud during the first days of monsoon rain in Kutupalong Camp, Cox's Bazar. Much of the infrastructure of the camps is eroding as the rain falls. Deforestation has left the sandy ground unstable.

The Rohingya crisis is set to worsen. Vulnerable refugee children face the double emergency of displacement and natural disaster.

Make an emergency donation to give Rohingya children in Bangladesh:

* Clean water, flood defences, sanitation and hygiene kits to protect children from waterborne diseases.

* Emergency healthcare, life-saving medicines and vaccinations.

* Ready-to-eat therapeutic food, so that Rohingya children have all the essential nutrients needed to keep them fed and healthy.

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