By the time the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched its appeal in October 2017,
more than half a million people, mostly Rohingya women and children, had sought refuge
in Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, in what the United Nations
Secretary General described as a humanitarian and human rights nightmare. Six months
after the launch of the DEC appeal, DEC member charities had reached 351,500 people
with food assistance, provided safe drinking water and sanitation support for 124,400
people, and distributed materials to build shelters for 19,500 families.