Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Emergency relief of one million francs to help Rohingya refugees

Caritas Switzerland is intensifying its emergency aid and survival support for the Rohingya who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in September of last year. In the face of the upcoming monsoon rains and associated storms, Caritas is providing emergency relief of one million francs.


In Bangladesh, the monsoon season has begun. In the coming weeks and months, there will be not only intense rainfall, but also storms. Experts estimate that at least 100 000 of the Rohingya refugees will be pushed into a life-threatening situation.

Caritas Switzerland, jointly with its sister organization, Caritas Bangladesh, and the international Caritas network, is providing humanitarian aid. For example, they are currently supplying some 12 000 people with household and personal hygiene items to cover their daily needs. They are also distributing tarpaulins, wooden stakes and tools so that the refugees can protect themselves from the monsoon rains. To improve the hygienic conditions, they are building wells and latrines.

Nearly a million Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh. Most of them live in refugee camps in the Cox's Bazar district in the southeast of the country. Their supply situation is very critical, and there is no return prospect for the refugees until further notice.

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