Ruzi, a young Rohingya girl, holds her sister in a makeshift clinic for malnourished children located in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.They had arrived one day before this photo was taken, tired, hungry and emotionally frail. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Lives of Rohingya children at risk

Scared, confused and often alone. These feelings are all too common among Rohingya children fleeing from the violence erupting in Myanmar.

Arriving unaccompanied or with fragmented families, Rohingya children are often dehydrated and malnourished. They have seen the brutal side of violent clashes.

Since August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have arrived in Bangladesh, with approximately 60% of those individuals being children.

Often arriving without clean water, food, and basic supplies, many individuals, especially children, are in need of desperate assistance.

When Ruzi and her baby sister arrived in Cox’s Bazar after a harrowing journey, they were quickly brought to a clinic for malnourished children. There, Ruzi’s sister Jainuray was given Plumpy'nut, a peanut-based supplement that provides essential nutrients that can help a starving child recover and avoid illness.

Physical health are not the only needs these children need. Given the journey and the violence many witnessed, the prevalence of psychological trauma is also high. That’s why our member agencies are not only providing for basic needs like food water and shelter, but providing access psychological counselling and support.