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Corona in the Rohingya refugee camp

People in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh have also contracted Covid-19. For the children and families here, the coronavirus means a particularly great danger. Unlike us in Germany, they hardly have any means of protecting themselves.

Around 850,000 Rohingya live close together in the makeshift huts in the camps. Keeping your distance is almost impossible. The hygienic conditions are sometimes catastrophic and there is currently insufficient medical care.

Queuing by far: In the nutrition centers supported by UNICEF, hygiene rules have been introduced to protect against Covid-19.

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In a fire in March 2021, several thousand accommodations in one of the camps were also destroyed. The families had to move even closer together. If the monsoons are between June and October, heavy rains and storms make your situation even more difficult.

The children and families in the Rohingya camps urgently need soap and other relief supplies to protect them from Covid-19. Help with your donation!

This is how your donation helps the Rohingya

150 bars of hand soap for regular hand washing
1 hygiene set for a family with soap, gloves and buckets of water
4 sets for health workers, including masks, protective suits and shoes

Against the spread of the coronavirus in Bangladesh

We at UNICEF have been helping children and families in global emergency aid since the beginning of the corona pandemic. We have also stepped up our aid measures in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh.

In the largest refugee camp in the world: Thorough hand washing is the best protection against COVID-19.

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Corona pandemic: This is how we help the Rohingya on site

  • For Covid-19 patients, we have a special one in the Cox's Bazar region together with our partners Corona treatment center built up. It has 200 beds and is fully medically equipped.
  • We have in the camps Water and sanitary facilities set up for hundreds of thousands. There are now several thousand hand washing stations with soap and clean water.
  • We equip Health worker with protective clothing such as masks, disposable gloves and protective suits.
  • We have ours Hygiene education In the camps even more: UNICEF helpers practice with the children how to wash their hands properly - and they explain to them what else they need to know about hygiene.
  • The learning centers are temporarily closed as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. However, we support girls and boys in learning from home - for example by teaching them Workbooks and study materials provide.

Help for refugee Rohingya children

We need your support for our work on site. With your donation you can help to protect children and families in the Rohingya camps from the coronavirus.

Dramatic situation for Rohingya in the refugee camps

Largest refugee camp in the world in Bangladesh

With more than 600,000 Rohingya, Kutupalong is the largest refugee camp in the world. Our drone video shows how gigantic the warehouse is:

The accommodation of the Rohingya in the camps is still provisional and partly in a catastrophic condition. They mainly consist of bamboo, corrugated iron and tarpaulin. After the refugees arrived in the summer of 2017, the huts were built in a hurry. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya had fled the violence in the Rakhine region of Myanmar to Bangladesh.

In March 2021, a major fire raged in the Kutupalong camp. Thousands of makeshift shelters were destroyed. The Rohingya families living here have lost everything again. Health centers and emergency schools were also damaged by the flames.

We at UNICEF provided immediate emergency aid: Our employees took care of bringing the children to safety and providing them with essentials such as drinking water and medication. But the families affected, who have lost their accommodation and their belongings as a result of the fire, need long-term support.

Monsoon threat: destroyed schools and toilets

The Rohingya camps are regularly hit by the monsoons in the summer months. Persistent rainfall, flooding and landslides can wreak havoc on the makeshift camps.

The annual monsoon floods parts of the refugee camps.

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The simple huts made of bamboo and tarpaulin do not have much to oppose to wind and heavy rainfall. Latrines and child protection centers can also be badly damaged by storms and rain. Many of the emergency schools set up by UNICEF were no longer functional due to the monsoon.

That is why our helpers are constantly busy repairing damaged facilities or rebuilding them during the monsoon season. Destroyed toilet facilities in particular are a great danger, as contaminated water can quickly spread diseases such as dangerous cholera.

Twice a day, UNICEF brings clean drinking water to the camps in large trucks. The Rohingya who have fled are standing in long queues: everyone receives two liters of water a day.

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Emergency classes for Rohingya children only

Most of the children in the Rohingya camps lag far behind in their education. So that the girls and boys can continue to learn, we have set up emergency schools and developed age-appropriate learning programs for them. For many children in the refugee camps, it is their greatest wish to be able to learn again. "With a good education, we can be who we want to be," says 14-year-old Ashadia.

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They are eager to learn: four Rohingya girls in an emergency school.

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The future for this boy and thousands of other Rohingya children is uncertain: how long will they have to live in the makeshift camps?

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The living conditions in the Rohingya refugee camps are poor. The makeshift settlements were pounded out of the ground within a very short time. They are cramped and totally overcrowded.

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This little malnourished boy is called Anamul. His 20-year-old mother is waiting with him to get medication and food at a UNICEF center.

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Hygiene is particularly important under the prevailing conditions in the camp: Just a bar of soap and simple hand washing can greatly reduce the risk of many diseases.

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Refugee camp or not - the children remain children. They want to play, learn, make friends, and have dreams.

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But the Rohingya children in the camps are in danger of becoming a "lost generation". UNICEF wants to prevent this and therefore above all ensure their education.

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"If we don't invest in education now, we face the very real danger that a 'lost generation' of Rohingya children will grow up," says UNICEF Bangladesh director Edouard Beigbeder. The girls and boys need education in order to be able to build a life of their own later.

UNICEF aid for the Rohingya refugees

The situation of the Rohingya remains difficult to this day. It is still unclear whether and when they will return to their home in Myanmar. Our employees have been on site since the beginning of the Rohingya refugee crisis in 2017. Every day they help the children in the refugee camps.

This is how we support the Rohingya in Bangladesh

We help malnourished children with special food. And we show parents how they can use an upper arm measurement to check for themselves whether their children have gained weight.

To minimize the risk of infectious diseases such as cholera, UNICEF has vaccinated hundreds of thousands of children in the camps against the dangerous diarrheal disease.

We have set up numerous emergency schools in the camps. Tens of thousands of children can continue to go to school as a result.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya receive clean drinking water from UNICEF. UNICEF has also installed simple toilet facilities in the camps.

UNICEF has set up children's centers in the camps where the children can play. The young people can meet in their own youth clubs.

Donate now for the Rohingya from Myanmar

In their home country of Myanmar and while on the run, the Rohingya children experienced terrible things. Some saw their parents, siblings, or other loved ones die. Some children are severely traumatized. In the camp, girls in particular are at risk of being sexually exploited. Some of them are married off as children.

In the UNICEF children's centers, these children find a place where they can process what they have experienced, play and laugh. Here they also receive psychosocial help and learn what rights they have.

This boy is proud of the mural that he and other girls and boys painted in a UNICEF children's center. With your donation, we can give even more children like him carefree moments.

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Rohingya children need help

With your donation we can continue our work for the Rohingya in Bangladesh. The children deserve health and a safe life. Many Thanks!

Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority who live in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. You are stateless - so are not recognized as citizens of Myanmar. They have been discriminated against and persecuted in Myanmar for decades. For example, they are not allowed to vote there and have no access to higher education. Most Rohingya are therefore very poor. The United Nations calls them the "most persecuted minority in the world".

The ancestors of the Rohingya were probably at least partially Muslim Bengalis. From the 16th century they settled in the north of what is now Myanmar. Since August 2017, hundreds of thousands of them have fled the violence against them in Myanmar - mostly from the Rakhine region to Bangladesh.