Myanmar – Bangladesh Crisis Appeal

More than 600,000 people have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state on 25 August, most of them Muslim Rohingyas. An estimated 150,000 are also displaced within Rakhine State.

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This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.

Most of those fleeing have few possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid for their survival. They are hungry, weak, sick and traumatised. Almost 70 per cent are children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Image: Cox's Bazar district, children waiting in line for relief from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. (Source: ABC licensed)

Since 25 August, the Australian Government has committed $30 million to assist those fleeing their homes. Australia’s support is providing food, clean water, shelter and essential health services to those displaced by the conflict. It also helping to treat malnutrition, to create safe areas for vulnerable women and establish maternal health services.

But more is needed, and the Australian Red Cross and UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) are urgently seeking donations from the Australian public to help provide these desperate people with medical assistance, shelter, food and clean drinking water.

A reporter talks to villagers in the Rakhine region of Myanmar on a government tour of the region, July 2017 (Source: ABC)

Seriously wounded Rohingya refugees lie where ever there's space in the overcrowded Chittagong Medical College (Source: ABC)


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Each dollar donated to Australia for UNHCR and Australian Red Cross during the appeal will be match by the Australian Government (up to $5 million).


Australian NGOs are also playing a vital role in response to the crisis, including delivering programs on behalf of the Australian Government through the Australian Humanitarian Partnership, delivering humanitarian assistance, including in response to the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

To donate to these Australian NGOs, please visit their websites:






Other Australian humanitarian agencies are also running appeals in response to the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh including: