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Caritas joins Australian aid agencies’ joint appeal

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Media and Communications Office

Caritas Australia has welcomed the announcement by Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, of a Myanmar Bangladesh emergency appeal, launched by Australia’s leading aid agencies.

Eight of Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have issued a joint plea for urgent funds to help nearly a million people who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. 

Over 600,000 people who identify as Rohingya, mostly women and children, have fled to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh since 25 August. This is in addition to the over 200,000 Rohingya refugees who were already in Bangladesh. Shelter, blankets, food, clean drinking water, sanitation and health care are urgently needed.