Your donations provided urgent aid to 6,500 Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in their hometowns.
The Rohingya Muslims, who are estimated to be at a population of 1.3 million, are described by the UN as the most persecuted people in the world. Though they have lived in Myanmar for centuries, the Myanmar government refuses to recognise them as citizens and as a result, the Rohingya people have faced years of violence and oppression.
The latest outbreak of violence erupted in August between opposing militant groups in Myanmar. The attacks prompted a wave of deadly violence against the Rohingya people and there have been horrific reports of villages being burnt down and hundreds of people dead.
The exodus, also described by the UN as the “World’s fastest-growing refugee crisis”, saw more than 600,000 Rohingya people escape into neighbouring Bangladesh, whilst some 120,000 sought refuge in makeshift camps outside the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe. Many of the fleeing families were made up of mainly women and children, who arrived in already overcrowded camps in Sittwe came with nothing but the clothes on their back and without food or water.