Faces of Rohingya 2 (photo)
Publish date : Wednesday 8 November 2017 13:59
Noor Mohol, 60, a Rohingya refugee waits to get herself registered for humanitarian aid at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees had fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 25 August. Thousands more reportedly remain stranded and in peril in Myanmar without the means to cross the border into Bangladesh. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatized, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines.
As of 4 October, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily. Before this crisis began, the country was already hosting a verified population of well over 200,000 Rohingya from Myanmar - and likely many more. Bangladesh was also coping with pressing needs and challenges of its own. The new arrivals are adding massive pressure to services in existing refugee camps and in makeshift settlements. Basic services are now badly outstripped, including water, health, and particularly shelter and sanitation. Conditions in the settlements and camps are now so critical that disease outbreaks are a looming prospect.
Refugees arriving in Bangladesh report fleeing appalling violations of human rights and other abuses in Myanmar. According to these harrowing accounts, villages have been burned down, parents or relatives have been killed in front of traumatized children, and women and girls have been raped or brutalized. UNHCR is already working to register new arrivals and provide comprehensive protection services.
Courtesy of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)