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Rohingya Children Suffer Malnutrition, Exploitation In Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps, Reports Show

The Guardian: Rohingya children close to starvation amid ‘health crisis on an unimaginable scale’
“One in four Rohingya children who recently fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar is now suffering from life-threatening malnutrition, with aid workers warning that refugees are ‘essentially starving’ before they have even crossed the border. The preliminary findings of a joint nutrition assessment conducted in late October at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar show that severe acute malnutrition rates among child refugees under five have doubled since May, while nearly half of young children are also underweight and suffering from anemia…” (Hodal, 11/10).

Reuters: Exclusive: $6 for 38 days work: Child exploitation rife in Rohingya camps
“Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar are working punishing hours for paltry pay in Bangladesh, with some suffering beatings and sexual assault, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found. … The results of a probe by the IOM into exploitation and trafficking in Bangladesh’s refugee camps, which Reuters reviewed on an exclusive basis, also documented accounts of Rohingya girls as young as 11 getting married, and parents saying the unions would provide protection and economic advancement…” (Allard/Wilkes, 11/12).

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