From Canadian Lutheran
Since August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. They join an estimated 300,000 refugees already in Bangladesh who fled previous spikes in violence. Thousands of people are still arriving every day, some having walked 14 days to reach safety. Approximately 80 percent are women and children.
Your donation today will provide life‑saving assistance to people like Nurkaida, 13, who fled to Bangladesh with her mother and three brothers after her father, a farmer died of a gunshot wound in September 2017.
“We had our own house, cattle, a hand pump, a big toilet and I had my own room. My friends used to come round all the time, and we had a big yard where we all played. It’s so difficult here,” says Nurkaida. “The tent is small, water is very scarce, there are no toilets and it is hard with so little food. I only have one set of clothes and everything becomes wet during the day because it’s always raining.”
The Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies, including Canadian Lutheran World Relief, welcome the Government of Canada’s decision to launch the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund for the response to the Rohingya Crisis.
Canadians have until November 28 to see their donations matched by the government into a response pool for the Rohingya Crisis. This means your donation will have double the impact!
“CLWR has a long history of supporting displaced people around the world. Thanks to the support of Canadians and through our partnerships with The Lutheran World Federation and ACT Alliance, we are able to provide life‑saving assistance to displaced people affected by the crisis in Myanmar,” says Robert Granke, CLWR’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to the Government of Canada for announcing a matching grant. Together, we are saving more lives.”