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Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya, an ethnic group of one million from Myanmar, are considered the world's most persecuted minority. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees now reside in Bangladesh after fleeing sustained violence and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar government. These refugees now live in makeshift camps along the border. After suffering unspeakable atrocities in their own country, children and families now face another threat - the monsoon season.

Nearly a quarter of a million refugees are now living in temporary shelters in areas that are at risk of flooding and landslides during the monsoon season. Their flimsy tents are precariously set on barren hillsides that turn to mud when it rains. Severe mud slides could contaminate the already fragile sanitation system and contaminate the drinking water. Also, children that are already sick and malnourished are now exposed to more water-borne diseases.

“I’ve been in some difficult places,” says Martin Worth, UNICEF’s Head of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for the refugee camps in Bangladesh. “But this could get so much worse. What is already a dire humanitarian situation could become a catastrophe.”

International Relief Teams is addressing urgent needs for Rohingya families living in the refugee camps. We provided:

  • Large floor mats with a foam base: Many families are sleeping on the wet and cold floors of their shelters. Sleeping on the floor, they are at risk of insect and centipede bites, which is especially dangerous for children.
  • Mosquito nets: Malaria is quite prevalent in the camps during the monsoon season and we are providing high quality mosquito nets for families with children.
  • Clothing for babies and children.

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Bangladesh
stats:
Population below poverty line:
24.3%
Total Expenditure on health per capita:
2.8% of GDP
Under five mortality rate:
Physicians Density:
.47 physicians/1,000 population
Life Expectancy:
73.4 years
School Life Expectancy:
10 years
Literacy Rate:
GDP per capita:
$4,200
Children Under the age of 5 years underweight:
32.6% (Ranked 5th in the world)
Unemployment rate:
Population:
% without health insurance:
% of persons living in poverty:
% of high school graduates:
Median household income:

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