GENEVA – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies made an emergency appeal on Monday to help thousands of Rohingya Muslims who escaped violence in Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.
Since October, approximately 74,550 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh, escaping alleged persecution by the Myanmar army and have been living in overcrowded makeshift shelters, IFRC said in a statement.
“Most don’t have access to regular medical services and they are not getting enough food or sufficient nutrition,” said Azmat Ulla, IFRC Head of Office in Bangladesh.
Ulla added that with the onset of the monsoon in the country, the arrival of shelter materials will be of great help as many of the refugees are living in “substandard temporary structures.”
The humanitarian organization is asking for 3 million euros ($3.2 million) to supply basic necessities, including food, drinking water, medicines, building materials and health care to cover a period of nine months.
The funds will also help in training volunteers to provide counseling to refugees suffering from emotional distress after being victims of a military offensive launched in October by the army in northern Myanmar’s Rakhine state against alleged insurgents.
The United Nations has said that the Rohingya population was subjected to all kinds of human rights violations during the military campaign.
The assistance provided by the Red Cross will be concentrated in two refugees camps in Cox’s Bazar that is presently housing around 33,000 Rohingyas.