The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

We are continuing to work with our partners in Bangladesh, now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingya refugees, most of whom have arrived since August 2017, fleeing persecution. Long-term considerations must be made for the safety and well-being of the Rohingya and the people of Bangladesh who are sharing their homelands with the refugees. For this we need your help.

With the support of our donors last year and matched Government funding, Caritas Aotearoa NZ was able to send almost half a million dollars to our partner organisation in Bangladesh for shelter, food, water, sanitation and hygiene. The humanitarian response to the refugee crisis has helped to alleviate some of the strain on local resources and improve the living conditions in the refugee camps. Numerous agencies have worked together to provide food, shelter, protection, education, health services, water, sanitation, hygiene and accessibility throughout the camps.


We now understand this to be a long-term emergency with no permanent resettlement solution in sight. The sheer scale and speed of the most recent influx of Rohingya refugees has had a significant impact on the host communities in Cox’s Bazar district, where almost all Rohingya refugees have settled. This district is one of the most impoverished regions of Bangladesh, already struggling to cope with extreme poverty, high population density, and the effects of regular natural disasters and climate change.


Caritas Aotearoa NZ has committed to providing continued support to Caritas Bangladesh, with the need now no less urgent.  This year, the New Zealand Aid Programme has again kindly agreed to match our efforts dollar for dollar, up to $150,000.  That means that each dollar you donate will be doubled, enabling Caritas Bangladesh to provide supplies and support where it is most urgently needed.  



Every dollar donated is now being matched by the New Zealand Aid Programme (up to $150,000).

*Select Rohingya Appeal if donating online.

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