More than 290,000 people have fled the violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar to Bangladesh. The UN estimates the number of displaced persons from Rakhine State could rise to 370,000 as hundreds of people are crossing the border every day.
Caritas Bangladesh has reported that many have cleared forests in the Cox Bazar district to set up temporary shelters. or even slept in the open air. Many of these, who were affected by the violence in Rakhine, carry little on their back and have walked for days barefoot to reach safety in Bangladesh. However, many arrive in dire need of food and clean water.
In close coordination with the local government and UN clusters, Caritas Bangladesh is aiming to reach more than 49,000 displaced persons with food, clean drinking water and cooking essentials.
CHARIS has pledged SGD 30,000 in support for Caritas Bangladesh's work to provide food and clean drinking water to communities affected by the crisis in Rakhine, arriving in Cox's Bazar. We appeal to our Catholic community for solidarity through prayers to express our love and concern for our brothers and sisters impacted by the crisis.
In the meantime, should you wish to donate towards these and other humanitarian situations, you can print and complete our downloadable donation form to send a crossed cheque payable to "Humanitarian Aid Fund" to CHARIS at 55 Waterloo Street, #07-02, Catholic Centre Singapore 187954. Please contact Christopher Chua at 6337 4119 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or require any assistance.