Rohingya Refugees – The Most Persecuted People on earth. Myanmar’s Muslim minority have been attacked with impunity, stripped of the vote and driven from their homes. It could get worse
Why is this Project Necessary?
After a surge of violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar has led to thousands of innocent men, women and children been forced to flee their homes with nothing, being displaced and becoming refugees, most of them are casualties from the violence inflicted on them. Thousands have fled to neighbouring country Bangladesh and sought shelter and safety in East of Bangladesh in the Chittagong Region.
Within Myanmar’s Rakhine State men, women and children who are labelled as Rohingian’s are being persecuted, murdered indiscriminately, homes burned to the ground and made to flee the country as the country’s government will not give them any status within Myanmar. This has had a life-threatening impact on the quality of living for thousands of Rohingya men, women and children. The vast majority of the women have been forcefully raped.
The Bangladesh Kutupalong refugee camp has over 1.2 million solely relying on International Aid to survive. It is estimated that over 40,000 pregnant women are in Kutupalong Camp where basic needs are not met, many mothers are giving birth to children under poor unhygienic conditions, and many of these mothers themselves are young women. Just one of ten women is likely to have a normal delivery. Statistically, four in five women in Kutaplong currently give birth at home, however, conditions at home are not ideal as it is merely a small pit of disease-ridden land, with a hut and tarp roof, where the communal latrines are overflowing.
Within Myanmar entire villages were burned to the ground, families were separated and killed, and women and girls were gang-raped. Most of the people who escaped are now severely traumatized after witnessing unspeakable atrocities. Bangladesh has become the primary location for refugees fleeing persecution in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and is currently home to 1.2 million people in 17 different camps including Kutupalong refugee camp and Nayapara refugee camp. On the ground, CAP Foundation has been racing against the clock to help provide people with safe and dignified shelter and living conditions as well as giving birth in safe conditions.
The United Nations described the military offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Cap Foundation is working with the refugees, delivering life-saving emergency aid, food, shelter and hygiene kits to those displaced by internal conflict and inter-communal violence. We’ve rebuilt children’s healthcare through innovative clinics, which allow us to reach isolated communities.
Coverage & Phases of Work
This application aims to provide funding to maintain the Antenatal Clinic within Kutupalong Camp supporting many of the 40,000 plus pregnant women and girls, it is estimated that about 50,000 women will give birth this year which includes rape victims and also from the inhabitant families of the camp. CAP is on the ground providing vital aid and medical support but needs remain extremely desperate.
CAP volunteers are racing against time to find women in the giant camps who are thought to be hiding their pregnancies out of shame, as fears grow that new-born could be abandoned and new mothers may die without care. More than half the Rohingya who has fled into Bangladesh are women and girls due to the men being killed before they could flea.
We are currently providing the following services:
- Identifying pregnant women
- Pull Antenatal (ANC) care
- Treating patients with a pregnancy-associated disease
- Normal vaginal delivery
- Post natal care and breastfeeding counselling
- Emergency general patient services; accident, cut and injuries, treated with dressing, stitches and given medication
- We also organise the weekly awareness program for pregnant mothers.
Over 120 babies were born at the centre since opening in February 2018 and CAP aim to support new mothers and advice them for 3 months after the birth to ensure the survival of babies & mothers.
The project requires following Centre Staff to operate safely and at full capacity 1 Doctor, 1 Midwife, 1 Nurse, 2 Home Visitor, Project Coordinator, Admin Team, 1 Caretaker/Security and 1 Cleaner.