200,000 Rohingya children at risk in Bangladesh camps: Unicef
Published : Wednesday, 13 September, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 120
Cox's Bazar, Sept 12: At least 200,000 Rohingya children who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar are at incredible risk and they need urgent support, Unicef said on Tuesday. .
Jean Lieby, chief of Child Protection of Unicef Bangladesh, at a press briefing in Cox's Bazar said this is a growing humanitarian crisis and children are at the heart of this crisis. Sixty percent of all refugees are children, according to preliminary data,
"We believe that 200,000 Rohingya children need our urgent support. These children are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis. They are at incredible risk", he said.
"The first thing you see here in the different Rohingya camps is the large number of children. You see children who have not slept for days, they are weak and hungry.
After such a long and challenging journey many children are sick and they need health care right away. Children are traumatized.
"They need protection and psychological support. We also see pregnant mothers and we know that many babies were born since their mothers' arrival in Bangladesh", he said.
He has also expressed deep concern for the separated children. "We have identified 1,128 children who are separated. However, we expect this number to increase a lot in the coming days", he added.