October 12, 2017
Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Escalates
Since August 25th, there has been a steady escalation of violence against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, Myanmar. More than 415,000 people have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh and are now seeking refuge in the Cox Bazaar region. Many refugees have settled in makeshift camps, with limited supplies of food or water, and almost no access to medical care. Almost 80% of the refugees are women (including pregnant women) and children.
At Doctors of the World, we are mobilizing an emergency response, while simultaneously strengthening support to our Bangladeshi national partners for their humanitarian interventions. We are also supporting the Bangladeshi government’s efforts to provide medical care to the refugees – including primary and mental healthcare for those who have witnessed or experienced extreme violence.
We are actively monitoring the emergency situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh and will provide additional updates as they become available.
Photo: Courtesy of New York Times/Tomas Munita