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Supplementary Appeal – Myanmar Refugee Emergency Response in Bangladesh, September 2017 – February 2018



The security operations in Northern Rakhine State in Myanmar in response to the attacks on police and military posts launched on 25 August 2017 by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) triggered the largest and swiftest refugee exodus witnessed in the region in recent decades. With numbers at times reaching 20,000 people per day, 471,000 Rohingyas are estimate to have, as of the date of issuance of this appeal, sought safety in Bangladesh, principally in Cox’s Bazar District. There, they have joined 33,000 Rohingyas registered as refugees in the camps in Kutupalong and Nayapar, as well as an estimated 274,500 others, mainly in so-called makeshift camps, and who are denoted as “undocumented Myanmar nationals”.

UNHCR has declared a “Level 3 Emergency” for this refugee crisis. This Appeal presents UNHCR’s financial requirements for its response, for which it is seeking $83.7 million in urgent additional requirements from September 2017 through to February 2018.1 The UNHCR response and requirements build on the respective elements of the “Preliminary Response Plan for the Influx into Cox’s Bazar” initially drawn up by the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), of which UNHCR is a member, and which was issued on 7 September 2017 to appeal for $77 million for the response. This inter-agency plan is presently under revision. The UNHCR requirements presented in this Supplementary Appeal will be reflected in, and aligned with, the respective components of that revised appeal.