Rohingya Refugee Crisis: A Time for Action


Islamic Relief has a long and ongoing commitment to the Rohingya and the host communities in Cox’s Bazar.

Through the torment of fleeing their homeland, to fires and floods, we have stood side by side with them. Since Cox’s Bazar is the largest refugee camp in the world and now has a population of more than 1 million, this support is desperately needed.

Photo: Cox Bazar is the largest refugee camp in the world.

The Islamic Relief family is uniquely placed to help them over the long term. Islamic Relief Bangladesh has a satellite office in Cox’s Bazar, so we’re on the ground with the people. When disasters occur, Islamic Relief can mobilize quickly and effectively. So, when a massive fire broke out in Ukhiya Camp in Cox’s Bazar, burning more than 50 000 shelters, Islamic Relief was there to help.

Many residents of the camp took temporary shelter in nearby camps and adjacent areas where WASH, shelter and food crisis were already a problem.

The UN World Food Program and other agencies responded with government agencies, but this was not enough to meet all needs.

People had severe needs for non-food items, WASH facilities, emergency shelters and food security. The Islamic Relief Family and Islamic Relief Bangladesh combined to create a comprehensive support package that includes all these elements.

Islamic Relief Australia was asked to help the shelter component rebuild homes safer and sturdier. Through you, our donors, we have responded to the call for shelter and rebuilt lost homes.

Photo: Family in the Cox Bazar refugee camp, supported by the Islamic Relief family.

Islamic Relief Australia’s shelter intervention led to 2726 individuals having greater access to safe and appropriate shelters in host communities and the Rohingya makeshifts. IRAUS supported the following:

  • Permanent Shelters (Refugee community)
  • Permanent Shelters (Host community)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Small Scale DRR activities to strengthen shelter sites

How to help Rohinya families in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp

Donations will help provide funding for building a more robust, safe, and durable permanent shelters that are long-lasting.