Rohingya Crisis Appeal | ActionAid UK

Over half a million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance after fleeing violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh.
Most of the refugees are Rohingya women and children who have been forced to leave their homes in north Rakhine, arriving in Bangladesh exhausted, injured and traumatised after walking for days. More than half of all new arrivals are children, and one in ten are pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. They desperately need shelter, clean water, food and medical aid.
“It’s heart breaking and overwhelming here on the ground,” says Farah Kabir, ActionAid Country Director in Bangladesh. “In nearly 15 years of working on humanitarian disasters I’ve never seen a crisis of this scale. People are so scared. You can see it in their eyes; they do not know who to trust. They do not know what the future, or even tomorrow holds. The scale of need is far outweighing the response.”
Families are living huddled beneath sheets of plastic, with no access to clean water, toilets or sanitary facilities. People have to cook and wash using contaminated water from the same sources. The risk of waterborne diseases spreading in these conditions is high, unless we act now. 

Rohingya refugee crisis: ActionAid’s response in Bangladesh

ActionAid are on the ground in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and are launching a full-scale humanitarian response.

We are providing emergency food, clean drinking water, and hygiene kits including sanitary towels, soap and clean underwear.

We will also be building toilets, washing facilities for women and children and women’s centres where mothers can breastfeed in private. At these centres women will be able to access essential hygiene kits, medical referrals and emotional support.

We urgently need your help to support our response to this crisis. Please donate now to help make sure we can reach as many women and girls as possible.

The UK Government will match pound for pound the first £3 million donated by the public to the DEC Emergency Appeal.

Please donate now

Rohingya Refugee Crisis.   Rohingya refugees, Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar.

£30 could provide emergency shelter to keep a family safe at night time


90% of your donation, after our fundraising costs, will go to support our emergency appeal for the DEC Emergency Appeal For People Fleeing Myanmar. The remaining 10% will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.


Photo credits: Md. Sariful Islam/ActionAid. Photo at top of the page is of Klima Begum, a Rohingya refugee who lost everything in Myanmar. She travelled to Bangladesh with the people from her village, bringing with her only the clothes she stood up in. The photo was taken near the Balukhali Camp in Cox’s Bazar. As the Balukhali refugee camp is overcrowded, she has to stay in a makeshift tent by the roadside.