Rohingya Refugee Response

TEAR Australia has launched the Rohingya Refugee Response to raise money to support the critical humanitarian needs of displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh.
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TEAR Australia’s partners are carrying out assessments now, and funds will be used to respond to the most urgent needs that will include shelter, water and care to people who have been displaced. More info.

Whole families have fled to Bangladesh and now live in temporary plastic shelters.

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Families and groups have set up camps across the border from Myanmar in Bangladesh.

Photo © Medical Teams International

People are coping with late monsoon rain under bamboo and plastic sheets.

Photo © Medical Teams International

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Right now, renewed tensions in Rakhine State, Myanmar have seen more than 420,000 refugees fleeing their communities and taking refuge in Bangladesh.

TEAR Australia’s partner MEDAIR, along with other members of Integral Alliance are already responding to the crisis:

“With the monsoon season currently ongoing and the winter starting in October, the situation is urgent. The key needs at the moment are shelter and safe drinking water." – James McDowell, Head of Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team.

Bangladesh is already coping with the extensive damage and displacement caused by recent flooding. Despite this, Bangladeshis have been very open to those fleeing Myanmar.

TEAR Australia has today launched the Rohingya Refugee Response to raise money to support the critical humanitarian needs of displaced Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

TEAR Australia’s partners are carrying out assessments now, and funds will be used to respond to the most urgent needs that will include shelter, water and care to people who have been displaced.

Please donate now to support the Rohingya Refugee Response.

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Pray for the Rohingya refugees

On 25 August, violence in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, intensified sparking new flows of internally displaced people and refugees into Bangladesh.

Exact numbers of displaced people are unknown and hard to determine, but unverified estimates are that over 370,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh. And more are coming every day. Urgent needs include food, water, sanitation, shelter, medical and trauma care.

"Bangladesh is already coping with extensive flooding that affected around one third of the country, and the humanitarian needs that this created. There is openness to accept those coming across the border from Myanmar, with a recognition of the major challenges to support the 370,000 new arrivals and ensure access (especially for the most vulnerable) to nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation." – Kelly Rae, South Asia Regional Team Leader

Mike Penberthy, TEAR’s Program Officer for Myanmar explains, “although TEAR has partners operating in Myanmar, access by aid agencies to the affected areas in Myanmar is restricted, and the government has stated that it is taking responsibility for relief efforts with the country”.

“Refugee camps in Bangladesh are now completely overcrowded, forcing families to seek shelter in makeshift sites along roadsides. Many people have been separated from their families and loved ones as they have fled, including many unaccompanied children, making them more vulnerable to the effects of this tragic situation,” says Lea Davis, TEAR Australia’s South East Asia and Pacific Islands Team Leader

The refugees continue to flood across the border and their future remains fragile and uncertain.

Please pray

  • Pray for an end to the violence that is happening in Rakhine State.
  • Pray also for the work TEAR Australia is doing in Myanmar through our local partners.
  • Please pray that aid will get through to those refugees and displaced people most in need, and for the Bangladesh government as they seek to ensure humanitarian support for the Rohingya refugees.
  • Please pray for TEAR Australia and our International partners as we seek to make plans for an effective relief response for those who have sought refuge in Bangladesh.

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