April Appeal 2019

Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp, Bangladesh is the largest displacement camp in the world. It is home to almost 900,000 Rohingya people who have fled violence in Myanmar. Photo: Abir Abdullah/ Concern Worldwide.

The Rohingya crisis

The world's largest refugee camp

Since August 2017, over 900,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to the Cox's Bazar camp in southeast Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Making it the largest refugee camp on earth.

Over half of the 900,000 inhabitants are children. Sadly, 1 in 6 Rohingya children under 5 in this camp are malnourished. This equates to 39,000 malnourished children living here.

Meet Tahira and Reshma

Little Tahira lost her mother shortly after her birth in the camp. While she was immediately adopted by her aunt Reshma, she could not breastfeed her and struggled to find and afford any infant formula.

As a result, Tahira became severely malnourished. With a MUAC (middle upper arm circumference) of just 7.6cm, she was at risk of death and too weak to even make a sound.

Tahira and Reshma before and after photos, just 2 months apart. Photo: Marie Madden & Abir Abdullah / Concern Worldwide.

Thankfully, Reshma received help from Concern's nutrition team in the form of sachets of nutrient-dense therapeutic food. As you can see from the pictures above, Tahira is gaining weight and strength following two months of treatment.

While Tahira is improving daily, she is still classified as severely malnourished. She is a long way from her MUAC target of 12cm. To survive she must continue her treatment. 

You can help

The dedication of our nutrition team on the ground is made possible by people like you. Please help us save children like Tahira by donating what you can to provide lifesaving therapeutic food. 

I wish to donate:

Will provide 1 month of therapeutic food for 1 malnourished child
Will provide 1 month of therapeutic food for 2 malnourished children
Will provide 1 month of therapeutic food for 3 malnourished children