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ROHINGYA CRISIS

Bangladesh is now home to almost 1 million Rohingya refugees

Some 604,000 people, mostly Rohingya, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since Aug. 25, where they have joined more than 300,000 who fled in earlier waves of ethnic violence over the past three decades. With thousands still crossing the border each day, the total number of Rohingya refugees is expected to cross the 1 million mark in the coming days or weeks.

 

Most of the 604,000 new arrivals in Bangladesh are children, thousands of whom are unaccompanied. Many are acutely malnourished.

 

Doctors Without Borders has called the camps in Bangladesh a “time bomb ticking toward a full-blown health crisis” as sanitation and medical services and distribution of clean water have struggled to keep up with refugee arrivals.

 

Bangladesh is already the world's most densely populated large country. It is also one of the poorest. The government and civil society have nevertheless provided a massive amount of aid. The long-term viability of the camps in Bangladesh relies on continued international support, however, and the presence of nearly 1 million penniless refugees in southeastern Bangladesh is straining what was already very underdeveloped public services such as roads and hospitals.

Friends Of Humanity International Inc. a USA based not for profit 501C3 organization, working with local partners and volunteer teams, is helping the Rohingyan refugees in hundreds of camps by providing food, meals, blankets, and other items. 

 

Our own team has recently visited the Rohingyan camps in Bangla Desh, and additional trips are planned.

 

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