Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to Bangladesh since August this year due to violence, with more arriving each day.
Informal settlements and refugee camps are overflowing and people are living where they can; in makeshift tents, alongside highways and on the streets.
With violence continuing the humanitarian situation is likely to worsen.
Red Cross is doing everything it can to help people caught up in the violence on both sides of the border. We are offering first aid and medical care, organising emergency shelter, providing food and safe drinking water, and are working to establish safe spaces for women and children who may be vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
We are helping to reconnect families who became separated as they fled, as well as help people learn the fate of their loved ones.
Families are struggling to survive in what are extremely dangerous and distressing circumstances.
Please help them. Donate now.
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How are donation funds from the Myanmar Crisis Appeal used?
Funds raised will assist Red Cross to provide humanitarian support to people and communities affected by violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, including those who have sought safety in neighbouring countries. That support may include:
Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross' control, Red Cross will direct excess funds to responding to international crises and resilience.
How much is spent on administration?
Australian Red Cross ensures that at least 90% of funds raised for an international appeal are spent directly on our emergency response programs. Our appeal and administration costs vary depending upon the type and scale of activity, but do not exceed 10% of funds raised.
Up to 10% is deducted and used for indirect administration and appeal fundraising costs to support our important work: e.g. office facilities, staff, and IT services. Fundraising costs include donor call centres, receipting and website.
In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross's control that limit our ability to use funds in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct excess funds to help people in other emergency situations abroad. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.