Appeals & Response Plans
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2018
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Mora - May 2017
- Myanmar: Floods - Jun 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016
- South-East Asia: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Cyclone Komen - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2015
- Myanmar: Floods - Jul 2014
- Myanmar: Floods - Aug 2013
Maps & Infographics
Most read reports
- Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (A/HRC/39/64) (Advance Unedited Version) [EN/MY]
- Report of the detailed findings of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (A/HRC/39/CRP.2)
- UK and France host High-Level Event on the Rohingya Crisis
- Coordinating a complex peace process: the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Signatory EAO Office
- Myanmar Humanitarian Country Team: 2018 mid-year progress report on HRP crosscutting priorities
As the UN Security Council meets in New York to mark one year since nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled to neighboring Bangladesh, International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) working in Myanmar say 600,000 Rohingya still left in Myanmar face daily discrimination and human rights abuses, making conditions unsafe for refugees to return.
One year passed since the beginning of the exodus of an estimated 706,000 Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh following what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. The newly arrived Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar have joined hundreds of thousands who were part of previous waves of displacement from Myanmar.
Context and action
156.6 million inhabitants
31,5% poverty rate
142nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index
491,818 people helped
In Bangladesh‘s Cox’s Bazar area, close to a million Rohingya refugees have been living in camps for several months. Their living conditions are inhumane and have only worsened since the arrival of the rainy season.
Shelters washed away by the weather
Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 867,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including improved shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation.
Bangladeshi host communities
Almost 6 months after the first arrivals, some 700,000 Rohingya have now sought refuge in Bangladesh. After the emergency, the time has come to consolidate this aid, which must not leave anyone behind.
They arrived in hundreds, thousands and then hundreds of thousands. Over the past 7 months, nearly 700,000 Rohingya have left their villages and homes in Burma to try to find some peace in Bangladesh. They have settled in official camps, informal settlements or villages willing to welcome them in return for rent, most of which they can’t afford.
Humanitarian Organizations call for immediate humanitarian access to those in need:
One month since the 25 August attacks and subsequent security response, INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.
Recent months have seen thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi people, fleeing difficult living conditions in their home countries, take to the seas aboard makeshift boats. Since the closure of the Malaysian border a few days ago, they have been trapped at sea, often in appalling conditions. But who are these people, and what exactly are they trying to escape? Christophe Vavasseur, Solidarités International’s Asia Desk Manager, offers some insight.
Who are these "boat people", adrift at sea?