All We Can’s partner in the Rohingya refugee camps have confirmed that the fire which engulfed part of the Kutupalong mega camp is estimated to have displaced more than 45,000 people and left 429 people unaccounted for. It’s as yet unclear how many lives the fire claimed and the cause of the fire remains unknown.
The fire, which started in camp 8W on Monday 22 March, spread through three further camps: 8E, 9 and 10.
Graeme Hodge, All We Can Chief Executive, said, 'All We Can has responded immediately to this awful situation. The Rohingya crisis could be described as a forgotten disaster, and our history is rooted in standing with displaced and forgotten people. We’ve worked with the Rohingya people for many years and will continue to, through this crisis with prayers and support.'
All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain launched a Joint Rohingya Crisis Appeal in 2017, and All We Can has continued to have an active partner presence in the camps. A total 9,347 shelters have been damaged beyond repair, and 45,000 people have been displaced (Source: IOM)
All We Can's partner project in Rohingya Camp 9 providing Women and Girls Safe Spaces was undamaged by the fire, with all volunteers reported safe – though project participant's shelters were damaged in the fire. All We Can partners, through a rapid needs assessment in camps 8E and 9, have identified a total of 6,127 replacement shelters needed in camp 9 alone.
Some of our worst fears have been realised with this horrific and devastating fire. The Rohingya Camps are some of the most densely populated refugees camps in the world today, with many still living in temporary and semi-permanent shelters.
Angela Zamaere Smith,
PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR AT ALL WE CAN
All We Can’s partner has met with Rohingya Refugee Camp Officials and are assessing shelter needs, with emergency shelter response and shelter kit distributions planned for camp 9, and further camps if required.
Those wishing to support the work of All We Can’s partner in addressing the aftermath of this devastating fire are invited to donate to All We Can’s Emergency Relief Fund.