300,000 Rohingya children in dire state – Unicef

Displaced Rohigya people in 2012. License: OGL
  • Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children are in crisis
  • The Unicef says in a report that clean water and food lack in Bangladesh camps
  • These kids came from Myanmar to escape the ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine state

The number of Rohingya children who sought refuge in Bangladesh has reached nearly 340,000 and their conditions are getting worse.

The Guardian cited a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) that said these children are living in miserable conditions.

There’s a shortage of food, clean water and healthcare in the camps the Bangladesh government has established for the 600,000 refugees who left Myanmar due to its ethnic cleansing campaign.

Writer Simon Ingram said that one in five Rohingya children under the age of five suffers from acute malnutrition and in dire need of medical attention.

“There is a very, very severe risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases, diarrhea and quite conceivably cholera in the longer-term,” said Ingram.

More children join the refugees every week as they try to escape the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

The UN agency has since provided clean water, toilets and vaccine for the children.

Despite the unimaginable conditions, Ingram appealed that Bangladesh should continue to open its borders to the ethnic group in crisis.

“This isn’t going to be short-term, it isn’t going to end anytime soon…  it is absolutely critical that the borders remain open and that protection for children is given equally that children born in Bangladesh have their birth registered,” he was quoted in the story by The Guardian.