Humanitarian needs growing amid horrific violence in Myanmar

The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is devastating. Villages have been burnt, thousands of people have been killed and thousands have been assaulted and abused. The ongoing military operations has resulted in people becoming internally displaced and external refugees.

It has been described by the UN as the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Almost 700,000 people have fled Rakhine province in Myanmar to the Bangladeshi border. They are risking their lives in order to escape persecution and annihilation. People have been forced to flee their homes and leave all they have ever known.

Many refugees have sought sanctuary in Bangladesh – men, women and children with barely any belongings are residing in temporary camps which lack basic amenities. The shelters in which they reside are built wherever possible, often in difficult terrain without access to safe drinking water, food supplies, and healthcare.

Islamic Relief has been working in Myanmar since 2008. Since then we have provided food, shelter, warm clothing, water and sanitation and health care to approximately 1.2 million people.

The current situation is amongst the worst of what we have encountered in this country. People are suffering from deaths, displacement, food shortages, and a lack of shelter and healthcare. Islamic Relief is doing all it can to help people in Myanmar.
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