Mon 10 Sep 2012
Filed under: News,On The Border,Religion
COX’S BAZAR - September 9, 2012 – Rohingya Muslims, who had to flee Myanmar’s Arakan (Rakhine) state due to acts of violence, live in difficult conditions in camps in Bangladesh and the only toy their children have is a kite.
The Muslims of Arakan try to survive in the camps of Kutupalong and Leda in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar city. The children happen to be the group mostly affected by the poor conditions at the camps.
The Anadolu Agency (AA) team in the region has noticed that women and children have difficulties in living at the Kutupalong camp as the mud did not dry yet after heavy monsoon rains.
The refugees have to wait in long lines to receive potable water and depend on selling wood that they collect from a nearby forest for their living. They have no food items other than those distributed by aid organizations.
-To be a child at the refugee camp…-
The children are the ones that suffer the most in the refugee camps. Many of the children are naked and have no shoes to wear. They try to wash themselves by water received from wells. Many children sleep by placing their heads either on a big stone or soil. Some of them try to learn the holy Koran at a religious school in the camp.
The children’s biggest and only entertainment is the kites that they have and they made from paper and pieces of wood. The children spend most of their time playing with their kites. They show great interest in Turkish nationals in the region.
-Muslims continue to flee Arakan for Bangladesh-
Every single day, between 50 and 100 Muslims leave Arakan for Bangladesh. Most lately, 110 Muslims of Arakan came to Bangladesh on September 7.
Sources said that most of the acts of violence and incidents of abduction target small children and young individuals in Arakan.