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Big Heart Foundation responds to Rohingya crisis

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BANGLADESH, 26th November, 2017 (WAM) -- Nearly 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar since 25th August. Among the refugees are heavily pregnant women, elderly people and children.

As the influx is increasing daily, needs are escalating, leaving most operations in Bangladesh underfunded. In a bid to assess the refugees’ growing need for lifesaving aid like shelter, food, water and healthcare, a UAE official delegation including representatives from the Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity, The Big Heart Foundation, TBHF, visited the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh.

The visit was organised by TBHF in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, and is in line with the vision and directives of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of TBHF, who has dedicated every effort through aid organisation, to save lives, protect rights and build a better future for forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

The delegation comprised a host of senior officials and CEO’s of local companies, who met with several UNHCR officials to assess the humanitarian needs of individuals in the refugee camp, and to better understand, from the refugee agency, the relief operations that require urgent funding and assistance.

They also met numerous refugee families trying to survive the deplorable conditions in the overcrowded camps, where they face an extreme shortage of food, shelter and basic healthcare.

H.H. Sheikha Jawaher has strongly called upon the global community to unite in stopping the undignified treatment the Rohingya people are being subject to. Urging the world to break this unjust silence, she said, "Rohingya refugees, especially women and children, are facing a catastrophic humanitarian plight after they have been forcibly displaced from their homes, a tragedy that resulted in separating family members and keeping them away from their homes that they worked hard to build. The violation of the rights of many children, who have been deprived of living with their families and enjoying life with their friends, have made children feel insecure and deprived of being brought up in a healthy and proper environment as their peers around the world."

"The visit to Rohingya refugee camps by heads of government organisations and private corporations reinforces the UAE’s spirit of solidarity and our readiness to extend a helping hand to members of the global human community in need. Our human ambassadors of hope were there to encourage those who have lost hope, and on the basis of information collected during this visit, we will try our best to help our Rohingya sisters and brothers cope with the burdens of displacement," she concluded.

WAM/Hazem Hussein/Nour Salman