Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Caritas Australia works in partnership with local agencies to provide emergency relief. We work with communities to reduce the impact of disasters that build resilience, reduce vulnerability and ensure long-term recovery.



Our current response

Refugee crisis - Bangladesh

Caritas Australia is using funds from our Asia Emergency Appeal to respond to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

Caritas is providing urgent humanitarian relief to thousands of Rohingya refugees who have crossed the Myanmar border to the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh.

The United Nations estimates that more than 600,000 people, most of whom identify as Rohingya, have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. (UNHCR, UNOCHA)

The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. These people are now living in dire conditions. They have few possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid for their survival. Many are injured and traumatised. Almost 70 per cent are young children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. (DFAT).

Caritas Bangladesh has been responding to the immediate needs of this devastating humanitarian crisis.

As of December 19 2017, Caritas Bangladesh has supported 305,500 individuals, including 40,044 families, providing them with food such as rice, oil, lentils and sugar, and cooking items such as saucepans, plates, glasses and cutlery. 

As more refugees arrive every day in this rapidly escalating crisis, there is an acute need for emergency shelters, blankets, clean water, sanitation, health care and protection for the new arrivals.

Your donation to the Caritas Asia Emergency Appeal will help to respond to the escalating immediate and ongoing needs of this devastating humanitarian crisis by providing food, non-food items, shelter, clean water, mobile health clinics and sanitation facilities. For more information on the other work supported by this fund, please read more on our Asia Emergency Appeal page.,

How you can help

Caritas Australia is using funds from Asia Emergency appeal to support the Rohingya refugees. We are part of an eight agency joint appeal to assist with the crisis.  Your donation to the Asia Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected by these emergencies, as well as long-term reconstruction.

Donate to Asia Emergency Appeal to assist communities in need. Donations $2 and over are tax deductable.

Caritas Australia works hard to keep administration costs low and ensure your donation has maximum impact. For more information view our annual reports or contact us on 1800 024 413.

*Donations to the Asia Emergency Appeal will be used for humanitarian emergency response activities in the Asia region where communities may be affected by natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes or drought, or man-made disasters such as conflict, famine, displaced populations or industrial accidents. Beyond that, funds may be used to help rebuild homes and communities, to re-establish livelihoods, and to help communities prepare for future disasters.

Stories from the Blog

    Dilda Begum is one among the many people who have fled violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar, crossing into neighbouring Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.   Learn more

    A first-hand account of what the situation is like in some of the Rohingya camps from Valentine Morgan, Communications Manager for Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).   Learn more

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