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Violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Bangladesh-Myanmar Crisis Appeal

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The Australian Government partnered with eight leading humanitarian agencies in a joint appeal to help Rohingya in need of assistance following the outbreak of violence in Myanmar in 2017.

From 11 November – 9 December, the public donated more than $5.3 million dollars to these agencies, which include the Australian Red Cross, Australia for UNHCR, CARE Australia, Caritas Australia, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Save the Children Australia and World Vision Australia.

The Australian Government provided $5 million in matched donations to the Australian Red Cross and Australia for UNHCR, which brought the total of the joint appeal to more than $10.3 million.

UNHCR aid worker speaking to an elderly woman amoungst a crowd of people.
Humanitarian agencies are providing emergency supplies, such as tarpaulins for temporary shelter, to hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Credit: UNHCR.

Impact of joint funding

These funds are helping deliver humanitarian aid to those affected by recent violence in Myanmar, including the more than 693,000 people who have fled to Bangladesh.

Public donations are supporting life-saving aid such as the provision of shelter, clean water, sanitation, food, health care, psychological first aid and child protection.

Donations to UNHCR have helped the organisation provide 231,000 displaced people with access to clean water, and 155,000 people with medical care. UNHCR has also delivered more than 800,000 humanitarian relief items to families affected by this crisis.

Donations to the Australian Red Cross are helping to operate one field hospital, five mobile and three fixed clinics in Cox's Bazar, which is home to the majority of the displaced Rohingya. These health facilities have treated almost 50,000 people since August 2017.

For more information, please visit the websites of these organisations.

Australia's support

Since 25 August 2017 when the violence in Rakhine State escalated, Australia has committed $51.5 million towards relief efforts. This funding is in addition to over $95 million that we have provided since 2013 to respond to humanitarian needs in Myanmar and for people displaced to Bangladesh.

Australian funding is helping to deliver essential services, to keep people safe, and to restore dignity to people affected by this crisis.

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