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Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is responding in Bangladesh at the border area with Myanmar in the district of Cox’s Bazar. It is supporting a food distribution program with its partner Caritas Bangladesh.

Thanks to $50,000 that was committed at the beginning of the crisis, Development and Peace is providing aid to 25,000 of the most vulnerable people.

Development and Peace is closely following the situation and is currently examining how it can best respond to the most urgent needs of refugees, but also those of host communities. In a country that is already densely populated and where a large percentage of the population lives in poverty, this crisis is having a severe impact on those welcoming refugees.

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“We didn’t bring a thing. I just grabbed the children and ran.”

- Dilda Begum, 38, from the village of Udong in the district of Mangdu in Burma.




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The situation

On August 25th, 2017, violence erupted between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State, a northern region of Myanmar often prone to violence. Several hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim Rohingya minority have been forced to flee their country to take refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

The urgency with which refugees had to flee in the face of abuses by the army and the breadth of their displacement has exacerbated the vulnerability of thousands of children, women, and men who now have little to no access to basic necessities and services.

Between August and October 2017, over 600,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar, arriving in Bangladesh after a long and dangerous journey. The number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has now reached 816,000. In addition to being physically and emotionally traumatized, many people have been separated from their loved ones, often without even knowing where they are.

This massive influx of refugees has brought about a major humanitarian crisis. Nearly all of those who took part in this exodus left their villages with literally nothing and are living in terrible conditions, confronting an urgent need for food in overcrowded makeshift camps. Access to water, hygiene, and sanitation is also a priority. In addition, some 15,000 people are still waiting at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, is a South Asian nation that is nearly completed bordered by India, except for a small border with Myanmar in the extreme South. Characterized by great inequalities within its own population, Bangladesh has also seen its economic growth slowed by many recurring natural disasters. In fact, the country is regularly struck by cyclones, and each year, more than half of its territory is submerged by waters that destroy crops in the countryside, engulf homes, and kill livestock.

It is estimated that about 300,000 Bangladeshis are living in the area around the border with Myanmar and are directly affected by the current crisis.



Thanks donors for their generosity in supporting the Rohingya people
December 15, 2017

Montreal, December 15, 2017 –  Development and Peace – Caritas Canada wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to its donors for their quick and generous response to the crisis affecting the Rohingya people of Myanmar.

Pope Francis’ moment of encounter with Rohingya refugees
December 8, 2017

While traveling in Myanmar and Bangladesh from November 30 to December 2, Pope Francis met with Rohingya children, women and men. Here is an account of his visit.

Let's not forget the Rohingya refugees
November 27, 2017

Today’s visit to Bangladesh by Pope Francis reminds us of how important it is for us to stand together with Rohingya refugees, who are living in terrible conditions with little food or water, lacking sanitation facilities, and without knowing if they will ever be able...

We came empty handed to Bangladesh
November 2, 2017

The situation of the Rohingya does not seem to be improving. Two months have now gone by since a military operation in Rakhine State, located in a poor region in the far west of Burma, pushed nearly one million people into neighboring Bangladesh so they could escape the violence.

Development and Peace - Caritas Canada launches an emergency call to help Rohingya refugees
November 1, 2017

Montreal, November 1, 2017 - Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is launching an emergency appeal to help Rohingya communities who have been forced to flee Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh and is...

September 29, 2017

The below-named Canadian civil society organizations and individuals, who all have a strong interest and/or long experience of working in the Asia-Pacific region, are gravely concerned regarding the latest wave...

Devp is saddened by the situation in Burma
September 20, 2017

As a result of renewed violence which erupted on August 25th, 2017 between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and the Myanmar army, in northern Rakhine State in Myanmar (the official name of Burma), several hundreds...

July 17, 2013

Fighting between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the North of Burma over the last two years has led to the displacement of 75,000 people in the region. Many have taken refuge in camps, however, basic necessities and services in the camps are scarce, leaving the displaced in a highly vulnerable position.

Ways to Donate

The Canadian government announced on October 31st, 2017 that it will match admissible donations made between August 25th and November 28th to an eligible Canadian charitable organization, which includes Development and Peace. The matched funds will go into the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.

Please give generously before November 28th, 2017

by telephone
1 888 664-3387

by text message
text PEACE to 45678 to make a donation of $10

by mail
send a cheque made out to
Development and Peace and marked Rohingya Refugee Crisis to
1425, René-Lévesque Blvd. W., 3rd Floor, Montreal, Québec, H3G 1T7

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