IN August last year, an influx of refugees arrived in Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar. As of February, more than 670,000 had fled across the border – making the exodus one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world.
Cox’s Bazar, the camp most of these people now call home, has become the most densely populated refugee settlement in the world. More than 880,000 are estimated to live there. Most arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many were traumatised by violence and needed food, shelter, health services, water, clothes and protection.
This is a crisis on an unimaginable scale.
It has been six months since the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched its appeal for Myanmar refugees. In six months, your donations have been distributed among CARE and other agencies, and have been put into critical services for men, women and children who have fled violence.
Thanks to this, CARE has been able to focus on prioritising women and girls in emergencies. Whether younger or older, menstruating, pregnant or menopausal, all have specialised needs which require specialist solutions.