Rohingya refugee crisis

In Bangladesh, more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees are living in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the monsoon rains. I visited the Terre des hommes (Tdh) respond to the top three risks for children, who represent 50% of the camps’ population.

Bangladesh, Coxs Bazar, Kutapalong refugee camp houses 700.000 Rohingya refugees of the total 900.000 that have fled into Bangladesh border region. Terre des hommes has been in Bangladesh for over 40 years and started emergency response to help the more than 450.000 Rohingya children in the camps, specially with the upcoming monsoon period where they fair the heavy rain will put the camp under water or create landslides due to the large scale deforestation.

Bangladesh, Coxs Bazar, Kutapalong refugee camp. One of the Terre des hommes OTP health centers where they are measuring Rohingya children and checking on malnutrition cases. They give counseling to mothers and treat children with high nutrition value plumpy-nut in the appetite room. The center has become a lifeline for the more than 450.000 children as malnutrition rates where 25% a few months ago but can also go higher again due to monsoon season. Children are bing checked, then referred to the counseling session on hygiene and food security. The children in the danger zone are going to the apatite room to see if they can eat plumpy nut and drink water. This is important to establish if they can receive this special care.