Death & Devastation in Rohingya Refugee Camps

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A devastating fire that broke out on the night of March 22nd in Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh where more than 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are staying- has killed 15 people and displaced at least 50,000 more. About 560 people were injured in the blaze and more than 400 others including children are missing. Besides burning down the belongings and shelters of already suffering Rohingya refugees, the fire reduced to ashes many buildings, including schools, health clinics and food storage centers in the camp. Hundreds of firefighters and humanitarian workers tried to put out the fire and pulled people to safety.

According to eyewitnesses, a barbed wire fencing set up by Bangladeshi authorities around the camp trapped and hurt many people when they tried to escape. There have been at least four incidents of fire reported in Cox’s Bazar since January alone.

About 700,000 Rohingya fled to the camps in Cox’s Bazar after August 2017, when the military in Myanmar began a harsh crackdown on the Muslim group following an attack by insurgents. The crackdown included rapes, killings and the torching of thousands of homes, and was termed ethnic cleansing by global rights groups and the UN.

Response USA and its local partners are providing much needed food, hygiene supplies, clean water, and medical aid to Rohingya refugees living in highly difficult circumstances in Cox’s Bazar.

PLEASE ACT NOW and donate generously to make a difference in the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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