The Australian Government remains deeply concerned by the ongoing violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. 

Australia will contribute a further $10 million to help address the humanitarian needs of those people affected by the crisis.

The United Nations estimates that more than 582,000 Rohingya people fleeing violence have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.

Most of these people have few possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid for their survival. Many are injured and traumatised. Almost 70 per cent are young children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Australian support will go towards providing food, clean water, shelter and essential health services. Our assistance will also help treat children for malnutrition, create safe and secure areas for vulnerable women and provide maternal health services.

The new contribution will include support for the World Food Program, Save The Children, Oxfam and Care. It will also support an upcoming joint funding appeal with the Australia Red Cross and Australia for UNHCR.

The funding is in addition to the $20 million announced in September, bringing our total commitment to $30 million.

The Australian Government condemns the ongoing violence in Rakhine State. We continue to call for the protection of civilians and unfettered access for humanitarian workers.

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