Since August 2017, violent and deadly attacks on entire villages in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine have left hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fleeing for their lives. Families are enduring harrowing journeys and, through it all, they carry the weight of unimaginable loss.
The stories reaching us from the Rohingya crisis are heartbreaking.
When violence arrived in their village, Unia and her husband, Zuwail, gathered their four children and ran.
“We had to flee because they burned down our houses… they were shooting.”
Only four of the six would reach the relative safety of Bangladesh.
“When we were running, we lost two of our children because everything went so fast and everyone was so scared.”
They were just 7 and 10 years old.
“When we heard that our children got murdered, we had to leave them behind, because they were still coming after us. We wanted to go back, but we couldn’t – we still had two other children to take care of. We cried and cried and cried”.
The family was traumatised, but the risky journey was far from over.
“We still had to go on the boat, while we could not swim. We were very scared at the boat. It could sink. We saw another boat sink, not far from us. All people drowned.”
Unia and Zuwail eventually made it safely to a refugee settlement with the two boys they had left. This is their story… but there are thousands more like it.
Those who manage to reach refugee settlements in Bangladesh are living without adequate food, shelter, and drinking water. The camps are overflowing and there’s not enough to go around.
But your generous gifts to the Disaster Action Fund have been hard at work, saving innocent lives… and helping provide urgently needed shelter kits and emergency relief to keep distraught refugee families safe, healthy, and alive.
Whether it’s earthquake, cyclone, or war, the Disaster Action Fund is for families in poverty who need urgent emergency relief.
Families like Unia and Zuwail’s have already lost too much. Thank you for giving generously to stop them from losing the loved ones they have left.