It’s cyclone season in Bangladesh and tens of thousands of Rohingya children are in immediate danger.
520,000 Rohingya refugee children – the equivalent of half of all the children in Ireland – are at risk from the monsoon rains and cyclones about to hit Bangladesh. They need your help today.
Since August of last year, 1.2 million people – sixty per cent of them children – have fled Rakhine state to seek sanctuary in Bangladesh, triggering one of the fastest growing humanitarian crises in the world.
Families have made the harrowing journey on foot, walking for days on end, carrying their children and their elderly. They’ve lost their homes; many thousands have lost loved ones. Children have seen and experienced terrible things. They arrive in the camps bewildered and terrified, clinging to each other for comfort.
These children have endured so much but now a new danger looms. High winds, torrential rain, flooding and landslides are on their way. It’s cyclone season in Bangladesh and tens of thousands of already vulnerable Rohingya children are in immediate danger.
“What is already a dire humanitarian situation risks becoming a catastrophe.” Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh.
There really is no time to lose. A few weeks ago, an early bout of bad weather gave families a preview of what they can expect when the monsoon season really kicks in. As high winds lashed the camp and amid the heavy downpour, children could be seen sitting on the roofs of their family shelters in a desperate attempt to stop them from flying away.
If we are to protect children from the worst of the storms and diseases that could follow, we must act fast. With a gift of only €40 now you could now you could buy a family a hygiene kit to keep their children and especially their babies, clean and safe.
Rohingya children need your help urgently. This is one emergency you can help to prevent. Please donate today.