Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is partnering with the Turkish Red Crescent to provide food packages to these desperate refugees arriving in Bangladesh. Meal-ready food kits are being given to freshly arrived refugees, and then once settled, families are receiving a food basket that will feed their family for a month.
Desperate, afraid and running for their lives, more than 620,000 Rohingya have fled their villages in Myanmar into Bangladesh in the last three months. United Nations humanitarian agencies have stated that the flood of refugees is “unprecedented in terms of volume and speed.” With this latest influx, the U.N. estimates that there are now over 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Families are fleeing with their villages burning behind them as they cross the border to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, which is not more than a slender stretch of undeveloped beach. Trapped into a sort of “no-man’s land” the refugees are struggling to find any mucky patch of ground to rest and then ask for help. Women are having babies along the way, elderly folks are being carried across in baskets and children are being separated from their parents. According to a United Nations’ report, about 60 percent of the refugees are children, including newborn infants; they’re weak and hungry and are the most vulnerable. $80 provides one family a food basket to sustain them for a month. Please support as many families as you can with your donation.