World Vision has called on the people, organisations and the government of Bangladesh to help enforce basic human rights of Rohingya refugees.
The international NGO has also called for donations from both the public and government to maintain emergency services, proper shelter, medical care, sanitation, education and protection services that meet international humanitarian standards.
“It’s a nightmare within a nightmare for many,” said Fred Witteveen, national director for World Vision Bangladesh.
“Their wounds are literally quite fresh and mostly still untreated. Many are in shock. Our priority remains to stabilize as much of the camp population as we can reach and ensure protection at every step- no matter where they are. The refugees still find themselves in holding spaces with unclear orders.”
World Vision has joined other aid groups to advocate for a safe, dignified, voluntary repatriation process that is in line with international humanitarian law.
Several waves of refugees have fled Myanmar and have ended up in Cox’s Bazar and the number is still rising. So far 835,000 refugees, compromising primarily of women and children have been given refuge in Cox’s Bazar.
Of them, more than half a million children are in urgent need of physical and psychological care. The camps are overcrowded with unsanitary conditions that have become breeding grounds for waterborne diseases.
Aid workers are desperately trying to find adequate space to deliver basic services in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh on November 23 announced a bilateral agreement with Myanmar to start repatriating refugees, most of who identify as Rohingya from Myanmar.