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Emergency relief for flood victims and refugees

28 September, 2017 [Global Care]

The floods in Bangladesh are terrible, at the same time this nation helps refugees from Myanmar. Therefore Knorr-Bremse Global Care donate EUR 50,000 to the flood victims and the same amount to help provide for the refugees.

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  • © Abdullah Seru, Save the Children

  • © Saikat Mojumder, Save the Children

India, Nepal and Bangladesh are suffering the worst floods the region has seen for decades. Over 40 million people are affected, with entire villages destroyed by the water and by landslides. The long-term damage will also be extensive: Fields are flooded, leading to crop failure and destroying the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers. At the same time, many of the wells in the region have been contaminated, making it hard to access clean drinking water. Bangladesh has been particularly hard hit. One of the world’s poorest countries, it regularly has to cope with natural disasters.

For this reason, Knorr-Bremse Global Care decided to donate EUR 50,000 to its long-term partner World Vision. The aid organization has been working in Bangladesh for over 20 years, helping people in emergency situations. At the same time, it runs long-term development projects that aim to make the people more resistant to such events. Among other things, the donation will be used to distribute hygiene kits and build new latrines. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will also receive supplementary food, and goats and hens are being distributed so that people can start providing for themselves. The donation should help around 5,000 people.

At the same time, Bangladesh is facing another challenge: taking in and looking after refugees from Myanmar. Since 25 August, more than 400,000 Rohingya from Rakhine have fled across the border into Bangladesh – nearly 60 percent of them children. The Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in Myanmar, have been oppressed and marginalized for decades. According to information from refugees and human rights organizations, entire villages are being burned down by the Burmese military, and the villagers driven out. Hundreds of them have been killed. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said these actions bear the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing. The unrest was triggered by attacks on police stations and military posts by Muslim rebels.

The camps housing the refugees are completely overcrowded. People are living in makeshift tents or by the side of the road. Food, clean water and medicines are scarce, dramatically increasing the risk of diseases spreading, particularly among children. Global Care is supporting Save the Children’s relief activities with a donation of EUR 50,000, which will provide over 3,000 families with the basic necessities. As well as food, water and hygiene articles, people are being given building materials so they can construct simple shelters. In addition, learning centers and child-friendly spaces are being set up to provide lessons and psychological support for the children. Save the Children is planning to reach over 200,000 refugees in the next few weeks.

 
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© Abdullah Seru, Save the Children 


© Saikat Mojumder, Save the Children