Poor conditions, insufficient aid means risk of disease for Rohingya refugees
By Hunar Ahmed
Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims on the Bangladesh border are suffering from injuries, hunger, lack of clean water, and poor conditions.
A child had both his hands amputated by doctors after they were burned when his family’s house was set on fire. The child along with his mother and two brothers live in a camp. They said their father was captured before they fled Myanmar and they don’t know what has happened to him.
A woman said her husband, a preacher, was killed.
Rudaw’s Hunar Ahmed on the scene reported that international organizations have been unable to assist all the refugees.
Many of the kids do not have shoes or adequate clothing. Clean water is not easily accessible and disease is spreading. Health authorities have warned of the risk of cholera.
The Muslim minority is not considered citizens of Myanmar. In the camp, an area has been set up for children to study the Quran.
The UN stated this week that the number of refugees needing help far exceeds the amount of aid that has been delivered. “The conditions in the camps are terrible. We need to do a lot more to scale up beyond what we have done so far,” said the UN’s emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock. He urged the international community to scale up their support.