Faces of Rohingya People

Place: Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Date: October 14 ~ 23, 2017

Food Distribution for Rohingya People Implemented by Local NGO

Place: Balukhali refugee camp, Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Date: October 15, 2017

Food distribution was implemented by Association for Pisciculture and Cattle Development (APCD) which is a Bangladesh local NGO partnered with Jumma Net and Shaplaneer which are Japanese NGOs supporting Rohingya people. Food packages were distributed to around 1000 Rohingya families (1 food package / family). The contents of the package are rice, fried rice, potato, biscuit, salt, and sugar. One package can afford a family for about 1 week, the average number of Rohingya family member is 6 - 7 persons. APCD implements food distribution (around 1000 packages: 60,000 USD) once every month by donations from the partner foreign NGOs. 


Medical Treatment and Psychological Care Provided by ICRC Japan

Place: Hakimpala refugee camp, Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Date: October 17 - 18,  2017

The first medical team from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Japan had been working for Rohingya people in the refugee camp for about 1 month since Octorber 27th, and went back to Japan after finishing their works. The team consists of around 30 staffs; Japanese ICRC staffs, ICRC staff from Hong Kong and Denmark, local Rohingya staffs, and Bangladesh doctors. They opened the make-shift clinics in some places of the refugee camp, then had been examining the patients. At the first time, many Rohingya people were mainly suffering from cough, fever, and diarrhea. However people suffering skin infection are increasing currently because of the insanitary condition in the refugee camp. In addition, there are a lot of pregnant women. Therefore a midwife was examining whether the pregnant has breech babies or not, because it has some risks at the birth. Actually, medical needs is changing day by day because of the continuous Rohingya influx. Therefore medical teams are required to adapt the situation changing.


Daily Life of Rohingya People in Bangladesh

Place: Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Date: October 14 ~ 23, 2017

Huge refugee camp is formed in hill zone of Cox's Bazar, which is a region located in the southeastern part of Bangladesh and has a border with Rakhine state of Myanmar. On August 25th 2017, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked the Myanmar security facilities in Rakhine state. Whereas the Myanmar army carried out massive military crackdown on Rohingya people. After that, more than 600,000 Rohingya people fled to neighboring country Bangladesh. Refugee camp, which had been formed in Cox's Bazar before, has expanded to the size having 900,000 people. In the site, organizations including UN and ICRC are engaged in humanitarian relief. However humanitarian assistances such as foods, clothes and medical treatments were not fully supported because of the continuous refugee influx. Most Rohingya people left their hometowns with only their clothes, without any properties, and they arrived at the refugee camp by taking around a week. They are under inconvenient situation there as well. Even in such circumstances, they pray day by day in mosques and children learn the Quran  in Madrasas (schools of Islam), and always welcome me gently as I step into their daily life. From the way of them, I have known that they are deeply religious and have generosity. Generally, Rohingya people are called "the most persecuted ethnic group in the world" and miserable images tend to precede, but they are originally tolerant and modesty muslim people.