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Responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis

Posted October 31st 2017

Bangladesh is now hosting the world’s biggest refugee camp, where over 900,000 Rohingya and other minorities are fleeing the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. The majority are women and children. This has triggered a humanitarian emergency of such a scale that concerted international action is urgently required.

Refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, as well as displaced people within Myanmar, are in desperate need of shelter, food, clean water, sanitation and health services, as well as protection from violence. A large number of children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition and there is also fear of a cholera outbreak. Women and girls in particular are at serious risk.

The Government of Canada has announced it will match every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities until November 28, 2017.

We’re proud of the MCIC Members that are responding to this growing crisis.

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ADRA Canada is responding to this unexpected crisis by providing lentils, cooking oil, salt, sugar, and other items to over 50,000 people. Shelter tarps are also being provided.

Development and Peace is responding in Bangladesh at the border area with Myanmar in the district of Cox’s Bazar. It is supporting a food distribution program with its partner Caritas Bangladesh.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to displaced people in Myanmar and Bangladesh, including shelter, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and cash. They are also supporting education, workshops on peaceful co-existence and activities that address protection.

CARE Canada has worked in Bangladesh since 1949, and has extensive experience responding to humanitarian disasters. They are providing emergency relief, focused on food, water, shelter, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, hygiene and nutrition.

HOPE International Development Agency has a long history of working with local partners in Myanmar and they are responding by providing more emergency support, such as health care, basic sanitation, and other urgently needed relief items to Rohingya families in crisis.

Mennonite Central Committee is providing financial support to local partners in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, where many refugees have fled to. Donations will provide emergency rations of rice, lentils, oil, sugar, salt and high energy biscuits.

Presbyterian World Service and Development is providing life-saving food rations, emergency non-food items, temporary shelter, sanitation services and psychosocial assistance.

The Primates World Relief and Development Fund is joining the combined effort in the Cox’s Bazar region, providing emergency rations of rice, lentils, oil, sugar, salt and high energy biscuits

Save the Children is joining the combined response in Cox’s Bazaar, through distributions of food, shelter and household items, provision of medical care and malnutrition screening and treatment, and child protection activities.

UNICEF Canada is providing children with access to clean drinking water, food, vaccines, shelter, medical assistance, psychosocial support and education.

United Church of Canada is responding through Mission and Service partner, ACT Alliance, Afocused on food security, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, and shelter.

World Relief Canada is joining the combined response in Cox’s Bazar, supporting the distribution of emergency rations of rice, lentils, oil, sugar, salt and high energy biscuits.

World Renew is joining the combined response in Cox’s Bazar, supporting the distribution of emergency rations of rice, lentils, oil, sugar, salt and high energy biscuits.

World Vision Canada is providing food assistance, shelter, child protection and water and sanitation support. They are particularly focused on helping the most vulnerable, including: orphaned or unaccompanied children, female-led families and the elderly.