Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Dilda's story
26 Oct 2017 | Blog | Refugees | Bangladesh | Emergency Relief | Myanmar
"We arrived here the day before yesterday, and yesterday we built this shelter. We didn’t bring a thing. I just grabbed the children and ran," says 38 year old, Dilda Begum, who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.
"We had to pay 10,000 taka for the boat to cross into Bangladesh," she says.
Her two sons lie on the floor of their tent in Kutupalong refugee camp, gripped with fever, after the long journey.
"The soldiers came to the next village to ours and started looting everything," Dilda says. "As we ran away, we passed three more villages, all burning. Outside a village on the border, the soldiers shot my father."
More than 410,000 people have fled violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar, crossing into neighbouring Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
Thousands have been left stranded after flash floods swept away their makeshift tents and belongings. Many refugees are sleeping in the open air, in camps and temporary shelters in villages.
"Everywhere you look, men are hauling around bamboo poles which they use to build their shelters," says photographer, Tommy Trenchard, who is on the ground with a Caritas Bangladesh team.
A rickshaw with a loud speaker trundles past blaring out a message about a missing seven year old girl who hasn’t been seen for four days. Of those who have crossed since violence intensified in August, 200,000 are believe to be children. They are at incredible risk and in need of immediate support.
Food, clean water and sanitation, and medical and health services are urgently needed.
Overall conditions are so critical that there is also a looming prospect of an epidemic outbreak, with the United Nations warning of an "emergency within an emergency".
At the request of Caritas Bangladesh, Caritas Internationalis is launching an Emergency Appeal to address the immediate needs of the newly-arrived refugees in Bangladesh.
It is responding to the refugee crisis by providing emergency aid to those in need, by ensuring their access to food and livelihoods, as well as increasing their resilience via building better shelters and training in repair and construction.
Caritas Bangladesh plans to distribute food and non-food items to over 14,000 families (approximately 70,000 people). Each family will receive 15kg of rice, 2kg of pressed rice, 3kg of dal (pulse), 1kg of salt, 1kg of sugar and 1ltr of edible oil, as well as kitchen utensils.
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