Monsoons and cyclones threaten lives of refugees from Myanmar
CARE has worked in Myanmar since 1995 with the aim to improve the living standards of rural communities through health intervention programs, including HIV/AIDS prevention and care, as well as nutritional support for pregnant mothers and children; food security and livelihoods programs, comprised of support for agriculture, fisheries, and livestock; and water, sanitation and hygiene.
As cross-cutting measures, CARE Myanmar is addressing disaster risk reduction and gender.
A week ago, I was in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh walking up hills of exposed sandy soil covered by endless bamboo and plastic huts that more than 800,000 refugees from Myanmar now call home. This camp has been referred to as one of the densest in the world and is certainly the densest
Mohammed is from a northern town in Myanmar. He is married to Jannat. As well as their one-year-old daughter, Umme, the couple have three sons aged three, four and five-years.
The family fled violence in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh.
Hossein is seven years old. He is from Myanmar. He now lives in Balukhali camp in Bangladesh with his mother and siblings. They share a shelter with another single mother family, with a small partition separating the two families.
Johara is 27-years-old.
She currently lives with her husband and children in a makeshift shelter in Balukhali camp in Bangladesh. She is from the western part of Myanmar but fled violence.
Kulsoma lives in a makeshift shelter in Unchiprang refugee settlement.
Miamuna is 18-years-old. She is living in a makeshift shelter in Gumdum informal settlement with her baby daughter (not yet named) and her husband Mohammed.
Aloma is 45-years-old. She brought her one-year-old daughter, Mufija, and nine-year-old daughter, Shumaya, to the health clinic to pick up some food.