You’ve heard us at Food for the Hungry (FH) talking to about the Rohingya refugee crisis. There are over 688,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar currently settled in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. It’s an area that is far too small to support the people who so desperately need to be there. There is a serious lack of medical access, which is why we are currently partnering with Medical Teams International (MTI) to build a hospital there. (Read more about this here and consider helping us build this live-saving medical center.)
The situation in Cox’s Bazar is a difficult one. Disease is rampant, conditions are cramped, and uneasy. But anyone who is living there will tell you that it is an improvement from their lives in Myanmar. The situation in Myanmar is a cultural war. It’s far, far worse. It’s dangerous and evil. (Click here to read more about the situation in Myanmar.
Abdur in the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar
No one knows this better than Abdur.
Abdur lived in Myanmar with his wife and five children. Living there he experienced unmentionable horrors. He suffered beatings and has seen loved ones decapitated and torn to pieces. He’s seen babies thrown into fires. Without a doubt, it was time to leave and move his family to safer ground. That move wasn’t easy. It took him 18 days to get to the Kutapolong refugee camp. The 18 days were rough. There was a lack of food. Abdur dug up moldy food from the ground. They were eating whatever they could find.
Abdur lost his wife and three children, leaving him with only his 3-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. But he was finally at the camp.
Abdur and his two surviving children smile and laugh together. They have been able to find hope in Cox’s Bazar.
“I have no more tears to shed,” Abdur said.
After arriving in the camp, Abdur and his family were still suffering. His daughter had been burned, and his mental state wasn’t well. This is where the importance of the medical center comes in!
Because FH and MTI are training community workers, they were able to help! Community workers checked on his daughter’s burns and identified that Abdur was suicidal.
Without this important medical intervention, his story could have ended even worse, but now there is hope. The partnership between FH and MTI and the Rohingya people runs much deeper than medical care. It runs into emotional and spiritual care. It is life-saving.
Abdur looks lovingly at his 3-year-old daughter
Stories like Abdur’s are heartbreaking, but they are not hopeless.
It’s your family that can help provide hope to families like Abdur’s. It doesn’t take much, just a few dollars, to make all the difference. Please consider contributing to our fund for the medical center now. You can bring hope and healing to one of the hardest places on Earth. Click here to give now.