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Spotlight: Bangladesh


The humanitarian crisis for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is dire. 1.2 million Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, some living in temporary resettlements. The camps are crowded and heavily condensed. Within these facilities there are limited access to bathing sites, where they lack enough soap and buckets. With the high population density,  low level of sanitation and poor hygiene, outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera have emerged.

Hasina and her family's journey to bangladesh took 7 days. Hasina is the eldest daughter, and her father is happy about the marriage, as the two were neighbors back in their hometown of Maungdaw, before the journey to Bangladesh. Hasin and her family have been in a makeshift settlement for Rohingya refugees for 10 months.


Food for Thought: What  traditions do you have? What challenges would you face when executing these celebrations under difficult circumstances?

Jannat Ara, age 20, holds her unnamed baby born along side the Naf River in myanmar. Jannat left her home in Myanmar more than two months ago and is still on the move. She crossed the river on a raft made of empty plastic oil containers. Jannat was one of 500 people who traveled on eight small rafts, where many suffered from dehydrated and one death. Jannat feared that while on her already life threatening journey, “ we’d be attacked by Myanmar military” when crossing the river.

This situation continues to be increasingly threatening and a tragic series of events, as it could kill thousands who live in these temporary camps.


According to a study conducted in these refugee camps, 15 percent of Rohingya refugee children are suffering from malnourishment. Additionally over 16 percent of these children are consuming minimally acceptable diets, which increases the vulnerability of various illnesses.


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