Rohingya

In 2017, 700,000 people belonging to the Rohingya ethnic minority fled their homes in the northern province of Rahkine in Myanmar over the border into Bangladesh. There they live in extremely difficult circumstances and their future is still unclear.

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A humanitarian tragedy

According to the UN, since late August 2017 700,000 people belonging to the Rohingya ethnic minority have fled their homes in the northern province of Rahkine in Myanmar over the border into Bangladesh. The refugees report that they suffered armed violence and their villages were burnt to the ground.

With a difficult journey behind them, they now live in the world’s largest refugee camp with around 200,000 other Rohingya who fled previously to Bangladesh.

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A ray of hope in a life with little prospect

Almost a million people live in a vastly overcrowded area, up to 13 individuals cramped into huts just 20 metres square. It is unlikely that many of the Rohingya will return to Myanmar, where the threat of violence is still very great.

The Rohingya are not permitted to work in Bangladesh, so their future remains uncertain.

Thanks to your donations, our partner NGOs are able to provide water, food, shelter, everyday items and medical care to the Rohingya. They help the traumatized and protect children from abuse and harm. They also protect people from the effects of the monsoon and try to keep the damage it causes to a minimum.

This is how your donation helps:

Our partner NGOs use your donations to carry out projects, verified by us, which are tailored precisely to the needs of those they help:

  • They dig wells so that people have safe drinking water
  • They distribute household items and construction materials with which people can build or repair shelters
  • They treat the sick and injured
  • They reinforce shelters, latrines and wells to help protect people from the effects of the monsoon
  • They protect children from exploitation and abuse, and help children and adults alike to work through their trauma
  • They broadcast via radio important information about life in the camp to the Rohingya
  • They take care of children who were separated from their parents during the flight from Myanmar.
  • They distribute seed and run courses in growing vegetables so that people can have a healthier and more varied diet.

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Funds received: 

CHF 11,775,023

  • National fundraising day:

    23.05.2018

  • Projects:

    24

  • Beneficiaries:

    597'119

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