In Bangladesh, the humanitarian situation of the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar is coming to a head in Cox’s Bazar district. Welthungerhilfe is making 50,000 euros of emergency aid available, as the people are suffering from hunger and there is a lack of water and shelter. Since 25 August 2017, over 400,000 people have arrived. That figure will rise. The official refugee camps are overflowing. Newly-arrived Rohingya find a spot to settle, without shelter, on the edges of the camps. The persistent rainfall is worsening the situation in Bangladesh, which has itself not yet recovered from the severe flooding in August.
Working with its long-standing local partner organisation Anando, Welthungerhilfe is already supplying food to 200 families in Cox's Bazar district. An expert from the Welthungerhilfe Emergency Response Team is on the way to Bangladesh, in order to support the Welthungerhilfe partner and organise the aid provisioning. The next stage is to prepare the distribution of food and hygiene articles to around 4,500 people.
The situation of the Rohingya will be discussed at the UN General Assembly in New York, which begins today. Welthungerhilfe is calling for rapid international assistance for the people in need.
We are calling for donations:
Donation account Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.
Since its establishment in 1962, Welthungerhilfe has worked in South Asia and has been active in Bangladesh for over 15 years. Since then, around 1,500 local projects have been carried out in South Asia, with a focus on sustainable rural development, adaptation to climate change and food security.
Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for ‘Zero Hunger by 2030’. Since its establishment, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the basic principle of help for self-help: from rapid disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.