Rohingya refugees have been facing an acute crisis of food for their children in the camps and shelter centres in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar.
Voluntary organisations and NGOs have been providing food like rice, biscuits and khichuri – which are not appropriate foods for children.
Health experts have urged people across the country to help the crisis-stricken people by providing them with baby foods.
A Rohingya woman who arrived at Shah Porir Dwip told the Dhaka Tribune that local people gave her food to eat but she could not provide any food for her baby. “My child is now hungry,” she said.
Prof Dr Kaniz Hasina, neonatal and paediatrics surgeon at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said babies do not get enough breast milk if their mothers are not consuming enough food and safe drinking water themselves.
According to UN volunteers, more than 330,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the latest military crackdown erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Half of this number are women and many of those are carrying young children and babies.