Help Save Rohingya Refugee Children

In August 2017 over 700,000 people — half of them children — fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape terrifying violence.

Three years on, amid a global pandemic, nearly one million people remain stranded in Cox's Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world. They live in shelters made of highly flammable bamboo and tarpaulin. The deadly fires in March 2021 left 50,000 people in the camp homeless and is a stark reminder that conditions are rife not only for the spread of disease but rapid-moving fire. 

With your help, Save the Children has been providing essential services to nearly 600,000 Rohingya refugees and the local community since 2017. In July 2020, we opened a new isolation and treatment centre to help prevent, prepare for and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Your continued support is so vital now and more than ever before. 

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How did the Rohingya crisis start?

In 1982, Myanmar passed a citizenship law that denied Rohingya people nationality and left them stateless. Over the years, the Rohingya people experienced continuous violence and persecution and were denied rights granted to Myanmar citizens.

On August 25, 2017, following a series of attacks on Myanmar police and border guard posts by a loosely organized Rohingya armed group, the Myanmar security forces began a systematic campaign of violence against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State.

Almost 300,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh over the next two weeks as disturbing reports surfaced of hundreds of people, including children, being killed. In just a short amount of time, over 700,000 people — half of them children — had fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

In and around Cox’s Bazar, a Bangladeshi district near the Myanmar border, thousands of Rohingya families including children were forced to sleep out in the open or by a roadside because they didn't have anywhere else to go. Lacking food or clean drinking water, the risk of children being exploited, abused or even trafficked was of grave concern.

The scale of the influx of Rohingya arriving in Cox’s Bazar was unprecedented and put huge stress on host communities and humanitarian agencies. Today, nearly one million people remain stranded in the largest refugee camp in the world.

Where is the Rohingya crisis?

The mass displacement of Rohingya people followed an alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Bangladesh’s southern district of Cox’s Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled, is now home to the largest refugee camp in the world.

How many refugees have fled Myanmar?

Since 2017, more than one million Rohingya refugees, half of whom are children, have lived in cramped camps after being violently forced from their homes across the border in Myanmar to escape unimaginable violence.

What are camp conditions like for Rohingya children and families?

While safe from the brutal violence that forced them to leave Myanmar, the camps in Bangladesh are no place for a child.

Access to education and other essential services is limited, and children are at risk of violence, exploitation and abuse. To make matters worse, the camps are now facing the prospect of a COVID-19 outbreak, with potentially devastating consequences.

“Put simply, despite the relentless efforts of humanitarian communities, a refugee camp is no place for a child to grow up," said Save the Children's Country Director in Bangladesh Onno van Manen.


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How is Save the Children responding to the Rohingya crisis?

Through the support of our donors, Save the Children has been providing essential services to around 600,000 refugees and the local community since 2017.

Since then, donor support has created enough learning spaces to serve 13,800 children. Together, we've built safe spaces to enable children to learn and play. We’ve integrated health and hygiene activities into education and trained teachers on how to support children’s mental health and psychological well-being.

We've ensured nearly 470,000 refugees, including almost 280,000 children, get staple food like rice, lentils and cooking oil on a regular basis. 

Most recently our donors have helped to build a major COVID-19 treatment centre — allowing children and their families to get the care they need at this crucial time.

How to help Rohingya Refugee children

You can help save lives and futures with a donation today. 

Here's how your donation can help save Rohingya Refugee children:

  • Provide food to families who need to feed their children
  • Protect children in an emergency with safe spaces where they're looked after by caring adults
  • Provide life-saving medical supplies to children and their families in the refugee camp


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