Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh, face a new threat as the monsoon season brings heavy rains, leading to dangerous landslides and flash floods.
More than 200,000 people are living in makeshift shelters which will not withstand the extreme rain and heavy wind and the threat of disease from contaminated water is constant. For many people with disabilities in the camps, the situation is desperately challenging.
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Abul (pictured), 60, was a farmer. He arrived in the refugee camp with nothing, fleeing his home when violence erupted. Abul has a visual and hearing impairment and found adapting to life in the unfamiliar, chaotic environment extremely difficult.
“We left everything behind and fled for our lives empty handed….[arriving in the camp] I was in a lot of trouble as I could not see or hear properly. I couldn’t understand what people were saying.”
For those with disabilities like Abul, conditions in overcrowded settlements are desperately challenging.
Being unable to see, hear or walk properly means many are missing out on what help is available. Too often, the relief offered and the information about it is inaccessible.
Disabled people need urgent medical care, physiotherapy, counselling, safe spaces and easy access to clean water and sanitation.
Rohingya crisis - humanitarian emergency
To escape brutal violence in Myanmar, over 850,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh.
The Rohingya people are an ethnic Muslim group who settled in Myanmar many generations ago. But in 2014 the authorities retracted their citizenship, sparking a regime of oppression.
The speed and scale of the crisis has led to a critical humanitarian emergency. Refugees were forced to flee with very few possessions and many arrived in Bangladesh with nothing.
In the chaos of the camps, your gift can bring strength and hope.
3 year-old Haris (main picture) lives with his family in a tiny shelter made from bamboo and plastic sheeting in one of the refugee camps. The family left their home when neighbouring villages were burned. Haris’ disability makes it difficult to walk, get around, to get to a toilet or to play with other children. He needs daily physiotherapy exercises from our partner, so his legs can get stronger enabling him to can walk more easily.
Your gift will help us to reach women, men and children with disabilities, providing safe places where they can get medical care, physiotherapy and counselling in a nonthreatening and protected environment.