“In the night I wake suddenly, because I see the killing and the people who were shot. I see those things again.”
They are words no 16-year-old should speak, but they are the words we heard from Hossan, a 16-year-old Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh.
Rohingya children are telling traumatic stories. Of murder. Of rape. Of villages burned to the ground. Of family members killed. Of lives uprooted and futures destroyed.
More than half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar and crossed the border into Bangladesh, bringing the total Rohingya population in Bangladesh to over one million.
Tens of thousands are living in overcrowded refugee camps and informal settlements where there is a high risk of disease outbreak.
This has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Nearly 60 per cent of the refugees are children — and 21 per cent of those under five years of age are suffering from malnutrition.
Many have become separated from their families or fled on their own. Thousands have been traumatised by brutal violence. All have suffered tremendous loss.
UNICEF is responding to this spiralling emergency, but cannot meet the needs of Rohingya children without the help of supporters.
Please add your name to raise awareness of this horrific crisis and help children survive.