Bangladesh: Rohingya refugee crisis
The exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar sparked one world’s largest refugee emergencies, with more than 900,000 people seeking shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh
The majority of the refugees, who represent a persecuted minority in Myanmar, are children. SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh has responded by opening five child-care spaces at refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district, providing hundreds of children daily meals as well as recreational and informal educational activities.
Bangladesh is prone to landslides and other disasters spawned by cyclones and monsoon rains, creating new challenges for the refugee children and their families. SOS Children’s Villages was especially concerned about the safety of children living in the camps – many of whom had only endured arduous journeys to reach Bangladesh.
"Although many non-governmental organisations [NGOs] are present, the hygiene conditions are terrible. It’s a human disaster,” says Ghulam Ishaque, National Director of SOS Children´s Villages Bangladesh.
Starting in 2019, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh plans to expand its emergency programme for the Rohingya to help hundreds of children and families in host communities affected by the influx of refugees.
The organisation opened five child-care spaces in early 2018 to help Rohingya children sheltered in the Cox’s Bazar district.
The child-care spaces serve as a hub for:
- Providing for an estimated 300 children ages three to twelve every day. These facilities offer a safe place for children to play and have access to informal education.
- Ensuring that the children are provided a balanced diet, nutritional screening and hygiene.
- Offering support in trauma healing, primary health care, and referral services for specialised medical care.
- Training caregivers in positive parenting.
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