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University of Calgary graduate Fatin Ishraque and his friends distributing relief materials including oral saline to Rohingya women during a campaign in a Rohingya camp at Ukhia Upazila of Cox's Bazar recently.

University of Calgary graduate Fatin Ishraque and his friends distributing relief materials including oral saline to Rohingya women during a campaign in a Rohingya camp at Ukhia Upazila of Cox's Bazar recently.

COX'S BAZAR, Sept 12: The Rohingyas who were oppressed by the Myanmar Army are facing various problems including life risk, inadequate food and lack of living places. But recently, thousands of Rohingya women are giving birth to illegitimate children following forceful illicit relationship by the Myanmar Army. According to UNICEF data, some 35,000 babies don't know the existence of their fathers. Apart from this, some 20,000 mothers are pregnant due to violation by the Myanmar Army. Only a few miles away from the Cox's Bazar beach, a camp for Rohingya refugees in Ukhia Upazila is now synonymous with the utmost plight of human suffering, caused by state ordered systematic genocide of Muslim minorities in Myanmar. Over 35,000 infants from zero to two years and 25,000 pregnant female are facing severe problem for lack of proper nutrition and maternal health care.

Moreover, the overcrowded and unhygienic conditions make ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying fatal diseases like dengue, chikunguniya and malaria. The humanitarian aid agencies focusing on various critical issues have unfortunately failed to address the unheard cries of Rohingya infants. Meanwhile, University of Calgary graduate Fatin Ishraque has set an example among other groups and organisations who haven't previously focused their efforts on infants.

He donated Taka 3 lakh which was earned from his summer studentship while passing a short visit to Bangladesh.
He donated high quality powdered milk and supplements for infants from zero to six months of age and from six months to two years of age, mosquito nets to prevent outbreak of parasitic diseases and oral saline to counter diarrhoea.
While visiting the area, he also educated the families about the proper use of hygiene and health care products.
In a two-day campaign, he was able to provide such facilities to hundreds of Rohingya families.
-Source: Press Release.





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