More Than Half A Million People Have Crossed the Bangladesh Border

Displacement Bangladesh Myanmar
WFP/Saikat Mojumder

A new survey by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) and its humanitarian partners shows alarming malnutrition rates in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, where preliminary findings indicate that one in four Rohingya children is suffering from life-threatening acute malnutrition.

“The scale of human suffering in this region is immense and heart-breaking,” said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley, who visited the makeshift refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, earlier this month.

 

“I have heard their stories and I have seen their wounds.”

By The Numbers

  • WFP has now distributed food to more than 700,000 people in Cox’s Bazar since August. These food distributions include rice, lentils and oil, as well as High-Energy Biscuits and hot meals provided by Action Against Hunger (ACF).
  • WFP is currently providing Super Cereal Plus– a fortified wheat-soya blend used to make a nutritious porridge – to more than 68,000 pregnant women and mothers with young children.
  • In its role as the head of the U.N. logistics cluster, WFP has set up a logistics hub in Bangladesh with 14 large storage tents to be shared by partners for food, buckets, sanitation kits and medical supplies.

WFP’s innovative ShareTheMeal app has launched a campaign to raise funds worldwide to feed children who have sought refuge in Bangladesh. The app allows users to provide Rohingya children with vital nutrition with a simple tap on their phones.

WFP’s food assistance will not give these people a new home, nor does it provide a solution to the crisis.

But at least it can help alleviate one of the most urgent concerns—and perhaps provide a small comfort to families as they share a meal together.

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