More than 200,000 Rohingya children need urgent support.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have had to flee their homes in Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh in the past two weeks. 80% of them are women and children. Many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Our colleagues in Bangladesh describe the situation near the border where people are crossing,
“You see children who have not slept for days, they are weak and hungry. I saw half a dozen children without their parents, they need special care and protection. Newly arrived people find bamboo wood and sheeting to build their shelter on the mud.”
The camps in Bangladesh are completely overwhelmed. In the face of an unprecedented and quickly growing number of child refugees, UNICEF is stepping up its emergency response. Eight Child Friendly Spaces are already providing children with psychosocial support. A screening programme for malnutrition and a vaccination campaign against Measles and Rubella have begun. UNICEF is also supporting the Department of Public Health and partners on the ground to provide clean water for children.
With such high numbers of child refugees, the situation on the ground is extremely tough. It may become much worse for these children, before it becomes better.
“There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water, said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF’s Representative in Bangladesh. Conditions on the ground place children at high risk of water-borne disease. We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.”
UNICEF staff are already on the ground providing Rohingya children with clean drinking water, shelter, medical assistance, and education, but resources are being stretched. Please click here and donate today to make sure these children get the help they need.