In their own words, four resilient Rohingya children, Mobarak (16), Achiya (15), Jonayed (12) and Sukutara (12) tell their story of danger and courage. Fleeing war, making it across the border, becoming refugees and now living in the world's largest refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
Take a few minutes, to hear their powerful voices...
"While we were in Myanmar we had no idea about what refugee is! We never heard this word." - Achiya (15)
“We were oppressed there (Myanmar). Our home was burnt up, women were raped and many children died. We suffered a lot for food and other things.” - Mobarak (16)
"Our neighbours and many of my friends were shot and burnt to dead in Myanmar." - Joyaned (12)
"I came alone and met my parents 10 to 12 days later. I miss my home, belongings, mosque and my school back in Myanmar." - Sukutara (12)
“We already walked a long way, but we chased back to our home. Again we started the journey, but there was a helicopter riding in the sky and chased us back. Somehow I managed to cross the border finally.” - Sukutara
“We stayed in a village at the border for two months.” - Mobarak
"We had to cross the river on the way to Bangladesh. We didn’t have food to eat, nor a drop of water to drink. We starved all the way long." - Jonayed
“We couldn’t bring anything with us while fleeing Myanmar. We just tried to save our lives, and we did it.” - Achiya
"Living in the camp we suffer for food, shelter, bathroom, and toilet everything." - Mobarak
"We receive less amount of rations. So food ration is not enough for us. That’s also a big challenge. We receive 13kg of rice per person for a month, it’s not enough to run the month." - Achiya
"Most difficult things in the camps are that every year landslide happens, our shelter gets damaged and tarpaulin gets tore off." - Sukutara
"It stinks while walking through the path in the camp. The camp is always dirty." - Joyaned
“We have gone through many difficulties since we traveled from Myanmar. Here in the Bangladesh also we have been facing many challenges.” - Achiya
"We suffered a lot during lockdown. Our shelter is small and many people live in. The camp is densely populated. So it was difficult for us." - Sukutara
"We can’t study and do nothing. Just passing our time meaningless. Our school is closed more than one year. I love most studying English in the school." - Joyaned
"Due to lockdown our school is closed for one year. Now we can’t go to school. I love the subjects most in the school, one is English and another is Burmese." - Mobarak
"There is World Vision center near us. I attended sessions there. I have learned skills like printing and embroidery on clothes. They also planned to teach us other skills. But because of lockdown the center is closed now." - Achiya
On March 22, a massive fire raged through sections of the camp, causing destruction and loss of life.
"People started running as it was massive. I got separated from my parents and brothers. I became alone. I (got) lost in the crowd and scared to death. I thought I was going to die and no one could find me if I died there." - Sukutara
"Many shelters were burnt down. We were scared of dying. When we came back home there wasn’t even a grain of rice to eat. Everything was looted from our home." - Achiya
"We were frightened because that was a really massive break down. All of our assets including money and other things all had been burnt up. We couldn’t save anything. We cleaned the place and stayed here covering us by a tarpaulin." - Mobarak
"We almost settled down here. But the devastating fire again destroyed everything." - Sukutara
To ensure children and families affected by the fire ccan survive, we have delivered 1.2 million hot meal packages to 50,000 affected families, provided thousands of hygiene and dignity kits for women, installed 51 street lights in Camp 8E (one of the worst affected camps), repaired 96 latrines, trucked in 3,347,000 liters chlorinated emergency water supplied and installed 4 water tanks as apart of the project to re-build destroyed water networks.
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