UNICEF CANADA

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Rohingya Crisis and Cyclone Amphan

Campaign Ends Dec. 31, 2020

Super cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall in Bangladesh and India and is likely to cause extensive damage due to high winds and heavy rain. Nearly 10.9 million people could be affected. UNICEF is working with the Government of Bangladesh to protect the most vulnerable children and families, including Rohingya refugees.

Since August 2017, more than 850,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar to seek refuge in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. The Muslim minority refugees of Rohingya are living in precarious conditions in congested camps, which is now a greater concern since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Donations have enabled UNICEF to pre-position emergency supplies in Bangladesh for nearly 1.5 million children and provide personal protective equipment for 10,000 volunteers, together with our local partners. But we still need more donations to scale up our response to reach every child in need in Bangladesh.
Save a child’s life and donate to the Rohingya Relief Fund today. Here are just a few examples of how you can make an impact: 
•Your gift of $50 can protect 112 children from waterborne diseases
•Your gift of $67 can provide a family of five with blankets for warmth and a tarpaulin for protection from the elements
•Your gift of $76 can provide tetanus vaccines to protect 166 moms and babies
•Your gift of $171 can cover the cost of personal protective equipment for three volunteers
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Bangladesh monsoons - running from violence into the eye of the storm

It’s raining heavily in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Rohingya children and their families face the prospect of losing their temporary homes to landslides and flooding.

“You can finally hear the laughter of children in the camps. After everything these families have been through we are worried about the devastation the monsoons may bring. We are focused now on keeping the refugees safe, healthy and dry as we see the rains take hold,” said Jean Metenier, Chief of Field office, Cox’s Bazaar, UNICEF Bangladesh.

What happens when it rains?

  • Landslides: the camps were hastily constructed to meet the urgent needs of new arrivals. Already a landslide has killed a young girl and injured two other children who were out collecting firewood
  • Flooding: our health centres, schools and child-friendly spaces are a lifeline to refugees and as the rains continue these centres could be destroyed and will need urgent reconstruction so these vital services can continue
  • Children are also at risk of getting separated from their families due to flooding and mudslides
  • Disease outbreak: rains and flooding bring the risk of waterborne disease including diarrhea with a potentially catastrophic impact on children with immune systems already weakened by malnutrition

Your donation will help to:

  • Make sure toilets and water tanks can withstand flooding and protect them from contamination of disease
  • Chlorinate all water supplies to make sure families have safe water for drinking, cooking, cleaning
  • Immunize children against water-borne diseases including cholera and hepatitis
  • Educate families against the risks brought by rains and flooding providing ongoing health, education and child protection services to keep children alive and happy

Please donate today to save the lives of the children caught up in this humanitarian crisis.

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