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Children Make Up Most Of Rohingya Refugees, Lack Food, Water, Health Care, UNICEF Report Says

Associated Press: UNICEF: Rohingya Children Refugees Face ‘Hell On Earth’
“UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a ‘hell on earth’ in overcrowded, muddy, and squalid refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh…” (10/20).

CBS News: “The magnitude of the challenge is daunting” in the crisis of Rohingya children, UNICEF says
“…Next week in Geneva, UNICEF — the U.N.’s children relief fund — is sponsoring an international pledging conference, calling for $434 million…” (Falk, 10/19).

Reuters: Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state: UNICEF
“Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water, and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often still traumatized by atrocities they witnessed, it said in a report ‘Outcast and Desperate’…” (Nebehay, 10/19).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or ‘thousands will suffer’
“The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food, and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable…” (10/19).

VOA News: U.N.: Rohingya Children Cast Out of Their Land Face a Bleak Future
“…The UNICEF report graphically describes the fearful existence of these many children. It says they arrive in Bangladesh — painfully thin, malnourished, and hungry. After having escaped a near-death experience, the report says the children find themselves living in flimsy shelters. They are reduced to drinking dirty water and having to scrounge for whatever food might be available…” (Schlein, 10/19).

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