Emergency Relief Program:
Help HHRD reach its $3.5 million target for Rohingya Refugees
Relief Work is Facing Several Bureaucratic Challenges
Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh is overflowing with the 860,000 Rohingya Refugees, who escaped persecution in Myanmar making the area the densest population of refugees in the world. According to several international forums including UNO, unfolding before our eyes is the 'ethnic' cleansing of Rohingya Muslims and as a result, making it the fastest growing refugee crisis of our lifetime. Some Rohingya are also Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and are living in make shift homes throughout Saytmaji Camp in Sittwe, Burma. HHRD is helping IDPs inside the danger zone of the Rakhine State inside Burma through partner NGOS, while it continues to provide emergency relief to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh.
Due to this huge exodus the government of Bangladesh is working with caution, resulting in long approval processes to provide services. We are also faced with the issue of earlier approved projects being rejected by the bureaucratic process making the already difficult task of providing immediate humanitarian assistance even more challenging. With almost six months into these efforts, things have expedited to some extent, however more robust support is needed from the government and other agencies for International NGOs like HHRD to give more strategic relief and developmental assistance.
Helping Hand Emergency Response Team:
Several members of HHRD USA Emergency Response Team (ERT) have been working in Cox's Bazaar since September 2017; however, the location has proved difficult with torrential rains sweeping away makeshift tents and spreading infection. Consisting mainly of women and children these makeshift camps have become a center of disease and infection due to lack of hygienic conditions. Our ERT has reported a total of 646,000 refugees having arrived since the new wave of violence in August 2017. Our ERT has reported 154,000 children are facing malnourishment as 90% of Rohingya Refugees receive only one meal a day.
The country of Myanmar (Burma) is located in Southeast Asia and has been marked by one of the longest running civil wars between ethnic groups. More importantly, 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims living in the Burmese State of Rakhine have faced apartheid like conditions since 1942.
Children Care Centers:
HHRD, through our partners SKB and SAWAB, is caring for more than 500 children (many orphans) at two Child Care Centers in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. As of February 2018, children come to these Child Care Centers for six days a week from Fajr until Isha prayer. They establish prayers together followed by a filling and nourishing breakfast by the Grace of Allah (swt). Their day consists of Mathematics, English, Science, Quran, and Native Burmese Language classes followed by extracurricular activities. After lunch and Dhuhr prayer they go back to their families and rest. They return to more learning and activities and their families join them at Maghrib to meet other families and hear inspirational talks.