DEC's Rohingya appeal raises £28m

The group of 13 aid charities has also published a report on the work it has carried out in the area since the appeal began in October last year

The DEC report
The DEC report

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar has raised £28m, the charity has announced.

The DEC, which is a collaboration of 13 major aid charities that coordinates appeals for humanitarian crises, has published a report on the work it has done in the first six months after the appeal started – it was launched in October last year and is due to close at the end of this month.

The amount raised, which includes £5m in match-funding from the UK government, has been spent supporting the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since 25 August last year.

The DEC said that more than 700,000 people had arrived in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh in the past year, part of a total of more than 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the area.

It said the Kutupalong-Balukhali expansion site, informally known as the megacamp, was considered to be the world’s biggest refugee camp. 

The DEC said the funds raised had been used to provide more than 351,000 people – more than the population of Cardiff – with food assistance.

It had also provided 34,000 families with household essentials such as blankets and pots and pans and 124,400 people with clean drinking water and sanitation.

The DEC said that the amounts raised by separate appeals could not be compared. But its appeal last year to help starving people in east Africa raised £66.4m, and the appeal to support people affected by the war in Yemen, which was launched in December 2016, raised £30.3m.

The largest response to a DEC appeal remains the £392m raised for people affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami.

DEC members include ActionAid, the British Red Cross, Oxfam and Tearfund.

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