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The Rohingya crises has reached unimaginable proportions, with the crimes against this ethnic minority in Burma, surmounting others in the extent of their brutality. As this population seeks refuge in camps in Bangladesh, it needs immense help for basic needs. According to the UNDP, since August 25th, about 400,000 have crossed into Bangladesh. Sixty percent of this group consists of young children and some of these children are orphans.
Over the past few weeks, two of OBAT’s executive team members, Sohail Akhter Khan and Immad Ahmed have visited the sites of the Rohingya camps in Shamlapur refugee camp in Chittagong and have surveyed the crisis upfront. The goal of the visit was to determine the extent and type of assistance needed and how OBAT can work with other local groups to provide a solution to this crisis. A group of local nonprofits as well as volunteers have come together to form a coalition for this purpose. Led by OBAT, this group is known as the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). Other than being a part of this relief effort, OBAT is providing training to other nonprofits and volunteers in this coalition, on disaster management, sustainable aid, community engagement, capacity building and relief efforts. The groups are trained through online modules- one of these is the “Humanitarian Aid Training” which is provided by the Harvard University. During the relief efforts, emphasis will also be placed on collecting as much data as possible on the situation, in order to carve out a long term strategy for assistance.
OBAT’s current three month emergency relief strategy that it plans on executing through the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) consists of the following:
- Providing families with emergency kits (dry food, first aid, sanitary and hygiene products, basic essentials like plastic cups and other daily use items).
- Providing freshly cooked baby food on a daily basis.
- Stationary medical camps with full time general physicians, pediatricians, OB/GYN specialists and therapists. In partnership with the Bangladesh Medical Student Society, a mobile clinic will be set up and will reach those too weak to travel.
Please click here to learn about and keep updated with all the aid operations that OBAT has been leading with the help of the Humanitarian Assistance Program.
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