Thursday 21 March 2019 ,
Thursday 21 March 2019 ,
Latest News
  • 3 killed in Sirajganj road crash; 19 injured
  • Students withdraw demo till March 28
  • HC asks Suprovat Paribahan to pay TK 10 lakh to Abrar’s family
  • No justice in country: Fakhrul
  • Abrar’s death: Bus driver put on 7-day remand
  • Quader’s bypass surgery successful
5 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 July, 2018 12:19:44 AM
Print

Heavy rains compounding Rohingya suffering: UNFPA

UNB
Heavy rains compounding Rohingya suffering: UNFPA

Executive Director of UNFPA Natalia Kanem has said the heavy rains in Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district and their impact are already compounding the suffering of Rohingyas, even as they try to rebuild their lives, reports UNB.

Simple shelters that are little more than huts with bamboo sticks and plastic sheeting for walls, and tarpaulins overhead, are serving a very important purpose for refugee women and girls forced to flee their homes to the vast refugee camps, according to UN News Centre.

They are offering persecuted Rohingya who fled the brutal violence in Myanmar a safe haven where they can find sanctuary and support, care of UN workers and partner agencies.

Natalia Kanem visited Cox's Bazar, as part of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' delegation.

Many of the women and girls in need of most care are survivors of brutal crimes of sexual violence, carried out allegedly by Myanmar government forces, who began torching the villages of Rohingya in Rakhine state last August, forcing them to flee across the border.

UNFPA said they have already stepped up efforts and is working with partners, including other agencies, including the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - together with refugees themselves and host communities - to repair and reinforce these spaces as well and the health centres operated by the agency.

It is also identifying at-risk groups to they can be transferred to safety, forming community watch groups from among refugee and host community women, to locate those who are pregnant - often as a result of rape.

Vulnerable women and girls are taken to more secure settlements or places with facilities designed to help them cope with trauma and loss, according to UN News Centre.

However, it is feared that full brunt of the monsoon season will discourage women from seeking vital maternal health care and other services.

During the recent first heavy rains, UNFPA health facilities and women-friendly spaces saw their use decline by around 60 percent.

UN Secretary-General Guterres, who visited the refugee settlement and the UNFPA facilities on Monday, reiterated the need to protect those in most need.

"The safety of the Rohingya refugees during this monsoon season is priority one," he said, standing amid a monsoon downpour.

Some 19 Women-Friendly Spaces (WFS), also known as women's centres or women's safe spaces, set up by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) cater to hundreds-of-thousands of women and girls, providing healthcare and counselling, as well as professional case management for survivors of violence.

However, with the start of the monsoon season, torrential rains and risk of flash floods and landslides are jeopardizing this vital element of humanitarian response and protection.

In June, some 10 such spaces were damaged by rains and landslides.

 

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
State minister for power Nasrul Hamid yesterday said everyone to have access to electricity by June. Do you think the feat achievable by the timeframe?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 54.7%
No 41.6%
No Comment 3.8%
Most Viewed
Digital Edition
Archive
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
0102
03040506070809
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting