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More than half of the estimated 700,000 Rohingya who have escaped Myanmar’s military crackdown live in makeshift sites without proper shelter, clean drinking water and sanitation.
They are living in very basic and squalid conditions. Their homes are made of bamboo and walls are made of very thin plastic (in some cases as thin as bin liners). With the winter fast approaching, the nights are very cold with temperatures reaching approximately 1 – 2 degrees.
Refugees like 20-year-old Fahmida Begam cue for hours at distribution centres at camps everyday waiting for support to arrive. She stays in a shanty that she says is too small to accommodate the six members of her family. Due to the rain, they could not sleep last night as the tarpaulin leaked, making the sandy floor too cold.
Crisis Aid will be distributing blankets to the Rohingya refugees throughout the winter. It costs just £6 per blanket. Please donate as many blankets as possible to bring a glimmer of hope to refugees like Fahmida and her family.