Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee Crisis
After her husband was killed Nur made the brave decision to leave everything behind in order to lead her eight children away from escalating violence. They fled their home in Myanmar across extremely difficult terrain into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Now they face more danger and trauma as monsoon rains threaten them with landslides and deadly waterborne disease.
“When it rains, it becomes very difficult to go to the water point or the latrines. The roads become very slippery. We often fall down. It becomes very tough to move, to climb up and down from the steep hills.
“This tent is unstable; it is not safe for me and my children. When the wind blows, my house starts to shake. I am afraid of the monsoon and strong winds. We have to reinforce the shelter so that it will not get blown down by the wind.
“I want to live well with my children. I want to live here peacefully and modestly. But I can only provide for them if I receive help. I wish I could give my children toys, so they can play happily inside when the rain comes.”
Nur’s family is among the nearly 800,000 Rohingya people who have fled to Bangladesh since August last year. You can help save the lives of Rohingya people in the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis.
Oxfam is on the ground keeping people safe. We’re providing clean water sources, latrines that are safe for women to use, showers and hygiene kits to keep people clean and food vouchers that families can exchange at local markets for nutritious foods. We’re also improving toilets and sewage facilities to help prevent the spread of disease following devastating storms.
Monsoon season is bringing with it many more dangers for these people who have already been through so much.
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