THE DISPLACED ROHINGYA PEOPLE IN BANGLADESH ARE IN DESPERATE NEED.
Diphtheria is spreading among the more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees crammed into Kutupalong camp; one of the largest refugee camps in the world. We opened a Diphtheria Treatment Centre in Kutupalong on the 31st of December, and have received more than 1,600 patients, with more than 400 admitted for diphtheria. With proper treatment, people gasping for breath upon admittance can be fully recovered in a day or two.
Our 70-bed centre was constructed in just a few weeks and is the only diphtheria centre for the southern half of the refugee camp. Most of our patients are children, who are prone to more serious cases of the disease.
- Samaritan’s Purse have sent doctors and nurses to alleviate the stresses already overwhelming our partner, Memorial Christian Hospital.
- We increased our medical efforts by expanding to a second, 24-bed ward in the hospital to help cope with those requiring lifesaving surgeries.
- During December Our DC-8 aircraft delivered 20 tons of emergency medical supplies to meet the rapidly increasing need.
- A Samaritans Purse diphtheria treatment centre has been constructed to serve Rohingya refugees who are in desperate need of medical care.
The UN is calling this latest attack by the Burmese military on the Rohingya, genocide and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar, primarily a Buddhist country, has for decades persecuted and attacked the Muslim Rohingya. But the latest attacks which began in August are the worst yet. Dozens of villages have been burned to the ground. Even if these refugees could return, for so many, no homes remain.
Thousands leave each day to Bangladesh – an impoverished and overcrowded country with little ability to help. So far, more than 600,000 refugees have made the arduous journey to escape since late August. They arrive in the crowded, squalid camp along the border tired and often malnourished. Their gruelling trek is fraught with peril, requiring them to walk—even swim—for miles. Scant food supplies only heighten their feeling of desperation. Thousands haven’t survived the terrifying trip, dying along the way. Children are especially vulnerable, with many suffering from severe malnutrition.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the crisis is spiraling into “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”
Our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is in Cox’s Bazar coordinating with other international aid organisations, local Christian groups and the UNHCR to explore ways we can best assist the people and meet their pressing needs in the Name of Jesus Christ.
To handle a burgeoning number of complex orthopedic surgeries, we have built a surgical ward at Memorial Christian Hospital, a longtime partner hospital. This will essentially double the hospital’s capacity to perform these surgeries.
World Medical Mission has been able to supply nurses and doctors to care for the patients at the 24-bed Rohingya Care Unit. We will be sending more medical professionals for the next several months. Over Christmas, a diphtheria treatment centre has been constructed to serve Rohingya refugees who are in desperate need of medical care. The 50-bed centre was built over Christmas and was open, treating patients on New Year’s Eve.
In addition, we will be sending medical equipment and supplies via our DC-8 cargo plane.
“We are very happy for the support of Samaritan’s Purse. The Rohingya people will see the love and compassion of Jesus,” said a local Christian leader in Bangladesh.
“Homes were burned, people were brutalised, and those that survived fled with little else but the clothes on their backs…” said DART member David Bock.
“These are very vulnerable people who need our help,” he added. “What they need most is hope.”
Please pray for the Rohingya during this time of crisis and suffering, that they will experience God’s love and His eternal hope found only in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.DOWNLOAD PRAYER RESOURCES