UNICEF data show that 7.5 percent Rohingya children are suffering from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition at Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar. The preliminary data from a nutrition assessment conducted last week show that the number has doubled since the research of May 2017.
“The Rohingya children in the camp–who have survived horrors in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and a dangerous journey here–are already caught up in a catastrophe,” said UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder. “Those with severe malnutrition are now at risk of dying from an entirely preventable and treatable cause.”
Malnutrition rates among children in northern Rakhine have already been above emergency thresholds.
The long journey across the border of Bangladesh-Myanmar and the unhygienic environment in camps have deteriorated the health condition of these children. Around 26,000 people live alone in Kutupalong camp and are facing acute shortage of food and safe drinking water. Amid such unsanitary condition, the outbreak of diarrheal and respecter infections are irrepressible.
The Kutupalong nutrition assessment has been conducted between October 22 and 28 on 405 households including families who arrived there both before and after the violence that escalated in the northern Rakhine state of Myanmar on August 25 of this year.