Displaced persons from Myanmar’s Rakhine State cluster around a food distribution truck in Kutapalong camp, southern Bangladesh. Photo: TOMMY TRENCHARD (CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS)

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) has pledged 40,000 euros (S$63,000) to its partner, Caritas Bangladesh, in response to the influx of displaced communities which have fled into Bangladesh due to the conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The funds will be used immediately to provide food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits, blankets and other necessary items as relief support for these displaced communities, said CHARIS, the overseas humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore, in a press release.

In collaboration with the Food Security Cluster (FSC), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the local government, Caritas Bangladesh aims to reach more than 70,000 people currently settled in the coastal city of Cox’s Bazar.

The needs of these displaced continues to grow exponentially – many have been walking for days to reach safety and have also set up makeshift shelter sites.

Food is the most immediate need; clean water, sanitation and shelter are also essential needs. Emergency medical and basic health services for cold, cough, measles, skin diseases and diarrhoea are in great demand.

There are more than 600,000 affected persons who are seeking safety from the crisis. Caritas Bangladesh reports that this number would rise.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the families and people who have lost their lives in the conflict in the Rakhine State and our prayers and thoughts go out to those who have had to leave their homes for safety in Bangladesh,” said

Archbishop William Goh. “CHARIS and its partners will continue to reach out to all communities affected by the conflict regardless of ethnicity and religion.”

For more reports, visit www.charis-singapore.org. To make donations in view of the crisis in Rakhine State and other humanitarian situations, call 6337-4119 or email: [email protected] Donations can be made at The Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954 during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm). Cheques can be made payable to “CHARIS” and posted to the above address. This donation is non-tax deductible.