On 22 March 2021, a devastating fire broke out in three Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. The fire tore through camps 8, 9 and 10, killing 15 refugees, injuring over 560 and leaving more than 17,000 households without shelter and in need of emergency supplies.
Three months after the fire broke out, women and girls are still lacking the essentials and desperately need your help.
UN Women is on the ground in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp right now, working to meet the immediate needs of the 48,300 people who lost their homes and personal belongings, providing relief kits to women in need, but resources are stretched and we urgently need your support.
The most urgent need right now is the distribution of relief kits that provide the basics needed to restore dignity and safety to women and girls. Each relief kit costs $45 and contains reusable sanitary pads, a sleeping mat, mosquito net, a toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, sandals and an abaya.
Providing an abaya is vitally important, as many women who lost their abaya in the fire will not go outside of their temporary shelters during the day to collect relief items and food, or access relief services such as health care. Women also refrain from using latrines during the day and are only venturing out at night, putting themselves at increased risk of violence under the cover of darkness.
Many women and adolescent girls are also lacking sanitary napkins to manage their period, increasing their psychological distress and risking their health, as they will often resort to using inappropriate materials, which can lead to infection.
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