INSIDE:

NEWS/STORIES/ARTICLES
Book Reviews
Columns/Opinion/Cartoon
Films
International
National

NW/Local
Recipes
Special A.C.E. Stories

Sports
Online Paper (PDF)

CLASSIFIED SECTION
Bids & Public Notices

NW Job Market

NW RESOURCE GUIDE

Consulates
Organizations
Scholarships
Special Sections

Upcoming

The Asian Reporter 20th Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet -
Thursday, April, 2018 

Asian Reporter Info

About Us

Advertising Info.

Contact Us
Subscription Info. & Back Issues

 

 

ASIA LINKS
Currency Exchange

Time Zones
More Asian Links

Copyright © 1990 - 2018
AR Home

 

International News


CROWDED CAMPS. A pregnant Rohingya Muslim woman, Noor Aysha, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, holds her 10-month-old son Anamul Hassan inside her shelter in Thaingkhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, in this October 21, 2017 file photo. An international aid agency projects that 48,000 babies will be born this year in overcrowded refugee camps for the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar. Save the Children warned in a recent report that the babies will be at increased risk of disease and malnutrition, and therefore of dying before the age of five. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

From The Asian Reporter, V28, #2 (January 15, 2018), page 4.

Aid group projects 48,000 births in crowded Rohingya camps

By Julhas Alam

The Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh — An international aid agency projects that 48,000 babies will be born this year in overcrowded refugee camps for the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar.

Save the Children warned in a recent report that the babies will be at increased risk of disease and malnutrition, and therefore of dying before the age of five. Most of the babies will probably be born at home in tents, the agency said.

"The camps have poor sanitation and are a breeding ground for diseases like diphtheria, measles, and cholera, to which newborn babies are particularly vulnerable," said Rachael Cummings, the agency’s health adviser in Cox’s Bazar, the nearest city to the camps. "This is no place for a child to be born."

More than 600,000 Rohingya, a minority group from Rakhine state in western Myanmar, have fled what the United Nations says is a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military and Buddhist mobs since late August last year. Many live in flimsy tents made of plastic and bamboo in camps and makeshift settlements. Almost 60 percent are children, many of whom suffer from disease and malnutrition, UNICEF has said.

A Bangladeshi official called the projection of 48,000 babies mind-boggling.

"Simply, this will be disastrous and terrible for us," said Priton Kumar Chowdhury, a deputy director of the government’s social-services department in Cox’s Bazar. "I can’t imagine it, and my brain does not actually know how to deal with this."

His department has identified more than 36,000 orphans in the camps, he said.

Save the Children based its projection on an estimate of the number of pregnant women among the refugees.

Bangladesh has been negotiating with Myanmar to set up a protocol for the voluntary return of the Rohingya, but it remains unclear if and when they will go back, given continuing concern for their safety in Myanmar.

Read The Asian Reporter in its entirety!
Go to <www.asianreporter.com/completepaper.htm>!