15 September 2017
The British Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to help support thousands of people who have fled their homes in Myanmar.
A surge in violence has seen around 379,000 people cross into Bangladesh in recent weeks.
Of the new arrivals, 80 per cent are women and children, including new-born babies and pregnant women.
Ben Webster, British Red Cross head of emergencies, said: “We’re stepping up our efforts to address the urgent needs of people fleeing violence in Myanmar.
“Young and old alike have left their homes with very few possessions to undertake an arduous journey to Bangladesh, a country in the grip of monsoon season.
“Our colleagues in the camps have reported how people are exposed to the elements and are lacking clean water, food and shelter.
“We’ve been helping people in the region since March, and are now increasing our emergency response. We’re calling on the public to support our efforts.”
The British Red Cross is supporting the work of our colleagues at the Bangladesh Red Crescent to provide food, clean water, shelter and medical support.
The Red Crescent has increased its response efforts to help another 10,000 new arrivals with emergency food.
Over 156,000 people are living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar. The poor conditions means the threat of disease looms large.
The Red Crescent has already provided food to around 75,000 people, as well as other essential items such as water containers and blankets.
In addition to basic aid, the Red Crescent will soon be giving cash grants to the new arrivals, which they can use to buy food in local markets.
For those who are ill, the Red Crescent has mobile medical teams and the International Committee of the Red Cross is working with health facilities to improve their services.