Video: Help — and Hope — for Rohingya Children in Crisis

November 30, 2017

In the overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, UNICEF and partners are working to address the urgent needs of Rohingya refugee children and their families.

Musaddeka, 11, remembers vividly the night her village was set on fire. "They were killing, burning houses, slaughtering the people," she says. Musedekka fled with her family and is now staying at the Balukhali camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. She is being treated for malnutrition, along with her 10-month-old baby sister Atica, at a UNICEF-supported health center.

These girls are among the more than 620,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar in recent months to escape brutal violence. They join hundreds of thousands of others already staying in overcrowded settlements where clean water and other essential resources are scarce, and the needs are immense. Half of the new arrivals are children. 

Watch this video for a look at how UNICEF is working with the government of Bangladesh and other partners to address the urgent needs of Rohingya refugee children and their families:

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Mohammed, 7, and his older brother and two sisters are among 15,000 children receiving educational and psychosocial support from UNICEF at 182 learning centers in Cox's Bazar district. In Myanmar, the siblings had been prohibited from attending school. The family fled to Bangladesh when their village was attacked. 

Mohammed, 7, leapfrogs over a classmate outside a UNICEF-supported learning center at the Unchiprang makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar.  © UNICEF/UN0146812/Knowles-Coursin

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Top photo: Ten-year-old Sufaira joins a crowd of other Rohingya refugees waiting for assistance the Mainnerghona distribution center in Cox's Bazar District in Bangladesh. © UNICEF/UN0147301/Brown