The DEC launched its Emergency Appeal for People Fleeing Myanmar in October 2017 after more than half a million people, mostly Rohingya women and children, fled violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar in a little more than a month.
Arriving across the border in Bangladesh exhausted, traumatised and with only what they could carry and often nothing at all, they were in urgent need of shelter, medical care, water and food.
The refugees settled in what has become the world’s largest refugee camp in the Cox’s Bazar district - one of the poorest in Bangladesh. People continued to flee across the border and by August 2018, 1.3 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in the area.
DEC fundraising has now closed. Our appeal raised £30 million, of which £20 million came direct to the DEC, including £5 million in Aid Match from the UK Government, and a further £10 million was donated directly to member charities. Member charities will be spending DEC funds up to September 2019.
If you would like to donate, the following DEC member charities still have active appeals:
- Age International
- British Red Cross
- CARE International UK
- Christian Aid
- Concern Worldwide
- Islamic Relief Worldwide
- Oxfam GB
- Save the Children UK
- World Vision UK
In the first six months of the response, DEC funds allowed member charities to reach 351,500 people with food assistance, provide safe drinking water and sanitation support for 124,400 people, and distribute materials to build shelters for 19,500 families.
To find out more, see the Emergency Appeal for People Fleeing Myanmar Six-Month Report.