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Christian Aid are a Church of Scotland Partner. They have launched an appeal in response to the violence in Myanmar.

Below is some information from the Christian Aid web page about what is happening, and some suggestions on how we can respond. 

“Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives.

More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh and unknown numbers remain displaced in Myanmar. As villages in Myanmar continue to be destroyed, figures are expected to rise, with up to 15,000 people crossing the border each day.

Those fleeing to the border have walked for miles, and for days on end. They have no money for food or shelter. Many mothers are escaping with newborn babies. With limited medical facilities, people are sick and at risk of serious disease.

Together with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), we will help them before it’s too late. Please donate to the Rohingya Crisis Appeal today.

The UK Government will match pound for pound the first £3 million donated by the public to the DEC Rohingya Appeal.

DEC Rohingya Appeal

What is Christian Aid doing?

In Bangladesh, we are sending £40,000 to our longstanding partner in Bangladesh to provide food, clean water and sanitation support to 23,000 people, and to support healthcare.

We need to scale up our response. We need to raise as much as we can to reach more vulnerable displaced people in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

We’ve been working through local partners to support internally displaced people in Myanmar for many years. Permission to work in refugee camps in Bangladesh has until now been limited to a handful of NGOs, but authorities in Bangladesh are now willing to accept further support. We are working with authorities in both countries to secure permission to work with affected groups.

What can your church do?

We have a great powerpoint presentation to show in your church service this weekend.
And you’ll also find some
prayers on our website.

Our Rohingya sisters and brothers desperately need food, water and shelter. Please consider arranging a church collection this weekend.

£260 could provide ten families with food for 15 days
£150 could provide clean water kits for 30 families.
£312 could provide shelter for 15 families.”

 

Source: christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/rohingya-crisis-appeal