The Rohingya have been fleeing violence in Myanmar at a staggering rate – and the numbers keep growing.
They walk for days through jungles and mountains, or brave dangerous sea voyages, fleeing Myanmar from authorities that kill at random and burn entire villages to the ground. They arrive exhausted, hungry and sick – in need of international protection and humanitarian assistance.
We cannot forget the Rohingya, and we must support the incredibly important work that the UN is doing to provide critically needed food, shelter, and healthcare.
Let your Member of Congress know you support the UN’s continued efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Since August of last year, over 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have been forced from their homes and into neighboring Bangladesh, driven out of their villages by a widespread campaign of systemic violence and intimidation.
But amid these dire circumstances, the UN and its agencies are on the ground providing a lifeline to people in critical need of food, shelter, and healthcare.
To give you an idea of the organization’s work, here are four of the many things the UN and its agencies have done:
- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has delivered desperately needed items to hundreds of thousands of refugees, including tents, plastic sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, solar lights, soap, and jerry cans;
- The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has helped the government immunize hundreds of thousands of children and adults against cholera, and screened nearly 263,000 children for malnutrition;
- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is delivering health care to tens of thousands of women and children, including 64,000 women who arrived pregnant or have become pregnant since making the journey to Bangladesh;
- The World Food Programme is providing food assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees per month, across the two main Kutupalong and Nayapara settlements.
We cannot forget the refugees who have endured imaginable hardship and witnessed such unspeakable violence. And we cannot forget that the UN mobilized quickly and has continued to dedicate vast resources to assist the families affected by this humanitarian crisis.
At this time of important need, will you pledge to support the United Nations and its agencies as they work to provide desperately needed assistance to Rohingya?