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Rohingya families are in desperate need of your support

This is 8 year old Halima, she is collecting firewood in Balhukali Rohingya refugee camp, Bangladesh, where she's been living with her family for the last 20 days. Halima and her family are facing food, sanitation and health challenges in the camp where there's a shortage of food, toilets and medicine. According to Halima’s mother, food isn’t reaching her family and they’ve had to borrow food from relatives, often having to miss meals. They have been surviving on rice and potatoes and as a result the children are suffering from malnutrition.

Today, Rohingya refugees are in desperate need of support. As a Caritas supporter, you can be there for them.



Their homes and villages in Myanmar have been burnt to the ground, women and children more vulnerable than ever, and families are living in marginalised and impoverished conditions as they flee their homeland.

A few days of very heavy rain have already had a punishing impact on the fragile environment in the refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar district where more than 720,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar since last August, are sheltering. This is just the start of the monsoon season, which peaks through the start of September.

For four days I hid myself in the forest, heavily pregnant. Days away from giving birth we tried to walk to the border. I was so scared.”

In one part of the camp, Rajida 30, held her as yet unnamed 14-day old baby. The baby was born in a rice paddy while Rajida was fleeing Myanmar.

For four days I hid myself in the forest, heavily pregnant. Days away from giving birth we tried to walk to the border. I was so scared.”

Rajida gave birth on the fifth day in unsafe conditions in the middle of a rice paddy: “When I saw that my daughter was healthy I was so happy. I gave thanks to God.”

With the help of people like you, Caritas Australia and our partners have already supplied more than 40,000 families with 15 kg of rice, 2 kg of pressed rice, 3 kg of dhal (pulses), 1 kg of salt, 1 kg of sugar, and 1 litre of edible oil as well as kitchen utensils.

But crises like this are not going to be over quickly.

Will you make a special gift today to put food in the bellies and a roof over the head of families like Halima and Rajida’s.



Halima, Rajida and their families are proud people. They have always worked for what they have, and they expect to again, even as they grieve for the loss of family and the lives they had in Myanmar.

The suffering we have witnessed in the faces of men, women and children who have fled to Bangladesh must end. We now need your help, so that we can dramatically scale up our response and urgently reach more people.

Your donation is essential to provide access to food, sanitation and water to families like Halima’s and Rajida’s. Please donate now and help to rebuild their lives.

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