Myanmar refugee crisis: CARE distributes hot food

Women and children queuing to receive hot food during the CARE emergency distribution

CARE Bangladesh has been distributing cooked food – often door to door – to over 3,500 people, especially women and children, living in different makeshift camps.

People are arriving in the camps with no food supplies, and no means to buy any. More than 80% of the refugees are women and children, and they don't know where their next meal is coming from.

All photos © Kathleen Prior / CARE 2017

Our teams at the makeshift camps in Bangladesh are also concerned about high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children. Watch this video in which CARE's Shahed Rahman explains how CARE is helping to treat children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition:

The malnutrition treatment programme in four makeshift camps – Balukhali, Moinerghona, Unchiprant and Hakimpara – is funded by UNICEF and delivered by a consortium of CARE, Concern Worldwide, and local NGOs SHED and SARPV.

CARE staff on the ground have described some of the reasons why this has become such a serious humanitarian crisis:

  • the large number of people crossing the border into Bangladesh in a short period of time;
  • the situation they have fled from and their journey to safety in Bangladesh means that many people are traumatised and in poor physical and mental health (there are multiple reports of experiences of gender-based violence);
  • the area in Cox's Bazar where people are congregating is small and already overcrowded;
  • there are significant numbers of women-headed households and unaccompanied minors;
  • some refugees have lost contact with other people from their village or local community;
  • basic humanitarian services are currently insufficient to meet the needs of so many people;
  • pre-existing poverty in the area, which already had several long-established refugee camps, is high.

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