In the huge refugee camps in Bangladesh, around 60 children are being born every day. Bangladesh had opened their doors to the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had escaped from Myanmar. The statement had been released by the children’s agency of the UNICEF.
Around 700,000 Rohingya Muslims had fled to Coz Bazar in Bangladesh after the military crackdown which had taken place in Myanmar. The military crackdown had been termed as ethnic cleansing by United States, Britain and the United Nations but Myanmar had denied such claims.
UNICEF had stated that the crisis increased when 16,000 children were born in the camps and only 3000 of the babies were delivered in the presence of health facilities. UNICEF’s Representative in Bangladesh, Edouard Beigbeder had stated that around 60 babies were being born every day and they were surviving poor conditions. They were deprived of their home and were born to mothers who had survived displacement, trauma, violence and rape.
U.N. Security Council envoys had visited the Muslim refugee camps in April. Beigbeder stated that it would be impossible to track the number of babies who were born as a result of sexual harassment. He also stated that it was important that all the expecting mothers and their children received help and support.
In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts had taken place and a military operation had started which was termed legitimate by Myanmar. A report was released by Myanmar security which stated that the security forces had not indulged in rapes. A Bangladeshi health ministry official had stated that 18,300 females were pregnant out of 25,000 women refugees. The United Nations had appealed for $951 million in order to help the Rohingya refugees.