United Nations Children’s Fund
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. We never give up.
All children have the right to survive and thrive. Yet, children and adolescents still face significant challenges surviving past infancy and developing to their full potential. In 2019, 6.1 million children and young adolescents died, mostly from preventable causes. Children under the age of 5 accounted for 5.2 million of these deaths – nearly half of whom were new-born babies.
In Bangladesh, UNICEF is providing life-saving food for malnourished children, as well as vaccinating children against deadly diseases. UNICEF is supplying families in the camps with safe drinking water and hygiene supplies, and has set up 2,167 learning centres and more than 70 child-friendly spaces providing distressed and traumatised children with a safe place to eat, rest, play and receive care.
10-year-old Rezwan shocked to see the debris the morning after a massive fire spread through the Rohingya refugee camps, devastating thousands of Rohingya families and children. The fire still burns behind him.
Rezwan and his siblings quickly became separated in the panic and chaos that followed the massive fire in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh in the afternoon of 22 March. Flames quickly engulfed shelters, spreading across four refugee camps and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Those who had time grabbed their most important possessions. Others were lucky to escape with their lives.
Rezwan reunited with his family
The day after the tragedy, the ground remained extremely hot, while the air was heavily polluted and difficult to breathe. Amidst the devastation and ashes, stories that bring hope to the Rohingya community began to emerge.
When twelve-year-old Junaid saw UNICEF’s staff on the ground, he ran to meet them, overcome to see familiar faces and help arriving from outside the camp.
“We lost everything in the fire. My father and I stayed with our uncle the night of the fire but we didn’t know what happened to my two siblings, we were so worried. The next day we were reunited, we were overjoyed," said Junaid.
UNICEF is working day and night to meet the needs of over 680,000 children in Cox’s Bazar.
However, resources are running dangerously low and we urgently need your support.
For the last two years, more than 900,000 stateless Rohingya refugees living in the camps of the Cox’s Bazar district in southeast Bangladesh have focused on survival.
New infrastructure and efforts aimed at providing the basics of health care, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene have improved conditions for the children and families who fled persecution and violence in Myanmar.
But as the refugee crisis drags past the two-year mark, children and young people are clamouring for more than survival; they want quality education that can provide a path to a more hopeful future.
In the past two years, an immense effort by humanitarian partners including UNICEF has helped stabilize the situation for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who are living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. But meeting their day-to-day needs is an ongoing challenge, and so is the task of providing for their longer-term needs – especially those related to education. Refugee children and young people are clamouring for more than survival; they yearn for quality education and the opportunity to develop skills that can provide a path to a better future.
UNICEF Appeal this year from 11th to 18th September
- There will also be a town centre collection on Staturday 18th 09:00 to 13:00
- Donations during the week can be made via:-
United Nations Shropshire 40-17-23 508 295 28
- All monies will be recorded and sent as a global sum to UNICEF UK
- Or Donate on UNICEF website and please reference it as (Shropshire)