Rohingya children in dire need

 

Rohingya children in dire need

Sufaira, 10, stands among other Rohingya refugees queuing for aid at the Mainnerghona distribution center, Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh, Friday 17 November 2017. Sufaira is from Londaung, Maungdaw in Myanmar and fled her home with her family when the Myanmar military set fire to it.

The humanitarian situation for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh remains dire. The influx of Rohingya refugees from northern parts of Myanmar’s Rakhine State into Bangladesh restarted following attacks at Myanmar Border Guard Police posts on 25 August 2017 and as of 23 November 2017, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) reported that 623,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the attacks. With the new influx, the current total number of Rohingya who have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh, coupled with the affected population in the communities, has reached a staggering 1.2 million. There are 720,000 children among the new arrivals, existing Rohingya populations and vulnerable host communities who are affected and need urgent humanitarian assistance including critical life-saving interventions.

The inter-agency Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2017-18 identified the areas of WASH, health, nutrition and food security and shelter for immediate scale-up to save lives in both settlements and host communities. As per the HRP, the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, many having experienced severe trauma, and are now living in extremely difficult conditions. The limited WASH facilities in the refugee established settlements, put in place by WASH sector partners including UNICEF prior to the current influx, are over-stretched, with an average of 100 people per latrine. New arrivals also have limited access to bathing facilities, especially women, and urgently require WASH supplies including soap and buckets. Given the current population density and poor sanitation and hygiene conditions, any outbreak of cholera or Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD),

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In Bangladesh, child-friendly spaces help provide Rohingya refugee children with vital support.

Since late August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. Many children have seen their homes burnt down and family members killed. In Balukhali makeshift settlement, a UNICEF-supported Child-Friendly Space is providing a safe and supportive environment. Here are some of the children receiving education, psychosocial and other vital support.

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[Left to right, from top] Jafor Alam, 5; Nur Basham, 12; Mohammed Shaleh, 10; Rajia Begun, 11; Yasin Arafat, 6; Nur Yasmin, 10; Yesmat Ara, 11; Abdul Hamid, 8; Noor Fatema, 9; Suk Tara, 11; Rasheda, 10; Noor Kolima, 10.