Responding to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Bangladesh is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in its history due to the unprecedented influx of refugees from Myanmar. In 3 months, more than 600,000 refugees have arrived, escaping horrific violence.
The needs of the Rohingya refugees, half of whom are children, are dire. They arrive in Bangladesh hungry, exhausted and depleted of any resources. Boats cross the Naf River with families, children, the elderly and people who have spent significant funds to pay for the crossing. Many have faced torture and lost loved ones, including children, in the violence. The human needs—emotional and physical—are immense.
Please support CRS' response to reach out to these refugees as we pray, learn, act and give to those in need:
As Catholics, we recognize that prayer binds us in solidarity to our neighbors in distress, and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God. In times like these, we encourage responses that begin with prayer.
- Download this fact sheet (en español) to learn more about the crisis and how the Church is responding. Share it in your faith families.
- Read Rohingya Refugees: "New Life, Last Rights in Bangladesh," a story from by CRS Senior Communications Officer Caroline Brennan.
- Watch the two videos below documenting the unfolding crisis: