Without immediate additional funding, Unicef today said it will not be able to continue providing lifesaving aid and protection to Rohingya children who have fled to Bangladesh following horrific violence in Myanmar.
Almost 60 percent of the 582,000 refugees who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are children – and thousands more are crossing each week.
The growing needs are far outpacing resources. As of today, Unicef has received just 7 percent of the $76 million required to provide emergency support to children over the next six months, according to a press release of Unicef issued in Geneva, New York and Bangladesh today.
Rohingya children have already endured atrocities. All of them need the lifesaving basics – shelter, food, water, vaccinations, protection – not tomorrow or next week or next month, but right now. Unicef is appealing to donors to help fulfil these children’s most fundamental right to survive.