600,000 crying out for help at the border of Bangladesh as malnutrition hits refugee campsLast Update：2017/11/29
Mr. Kevin Chiu, CEO of World Vision Hong Kong, made a visit in early November to the world’s largest makeshift settlement for refugees, in Kutupalong at the border of Bangladesh, where he was able to meet with refugees arriving from Rakhine State, Myanmar. Over 600,000 people have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in late August. Most of them identify themselves as Rohingya. “The people here have nothing. There is a great need for food, clean water, sanitation and medical care, but the facilities are poor,” said Mr. Chiu, who was holding a child whose limbs were bony. 21% of the children under the age of five affected by this humanitarian crisis are malnourished. They lack food and warm clothing, and desperately need help. World Vision Hong Kong has allocated HK$2.33 million to support the refugee children and families there.
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World Vision staff are providing assistance to refugee children and families, having distributed emergency food aid to over 100,000 people. As the needs remain numerous, World Vision is currently carrying out various types of work to provide refugees with aid and resources, such as water, sanitation and hygiene, in order to prevent the outbreak of diseases. It also aims to provide nutrition support for malnourished children, set up Child Friendly Space to provide protection and psychological support for children and women, and distribute food, tents and mats.
It has been more than two months since Laila fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh with her child. She is concerned about her child’s health as food supply has been limited.
Mr. Kevin Chiu visited refugee camps and distributed emergency food aid to refugee families.