Shaju with her day-old daughter, Noor. Photo: Kieran McConville
It seems like these days you hear about all the conflict happening around the world, but it's hard to know the best way you can help. With all the different aid organizations out there, how do you know which one is the best one to give your money to? Well, one international aid organization is on the ground in Bangladesh saving lives and are asking for your help.
Over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since August, making this crisis one of the fastest growing in the world. Thousands have been killed as a result of ethnically-based violence -- an exact number is hard to pinpoint as there are few non-governmental organizations on the ground to document the violence.. The New York Times has characterized it as "brutal, intimate and personal — the kind that is detonated by a long, bitter history of ethnic hatred. United Nations officials have called the campaign against the Rohingya a 'textbook example' of ethnic cleansing."
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have been crossing the border into Bangladesh, but the lack of space at the overcrowded camps has made it difficult to distribute aid to those in need. The growing number of refugees is putting a strain on the limited resources, like clean water and sanitation, increasing the risk of disease outbreaks and shortages.
Concern Worldwide, a Gold-rated international aid agency, has been working with the Bangladesh government and other partners to provide food, water, shelter, and medical support to the Rohingya people. According to Brid Kennedy, Concern's Regional Director for the Middle East and Asia, "The Bangladesh government cannot deal with the huge influx of refugees — many of whom are in a desperate situation," she explained. "The government requires increased support from the international community to help with the response." Concern is asking for your help so that they can continue to send aid and save lives. Unlike many other organizations, Concern ensures that 92 cents of every dollar received directly supports its programs reaching those in desperate need.
Concern Worldwide has been working in partnership with the world's most impoverished countries to implement programs that help combat extreme poverty. In 2016, Concern reached 9.1 million people spanning across 28 different countries. The Rohingya crisis is displacing nearly an entire population and they need more resources to prevent further deaths. Concern is asking for your help so that they can continue to reach more people in need. You've been wondering how you can help those who are desperate, now is your chance.