By Angela Hill/IFRC
Even after he was shot Naimullah kept walking.
His wound is the result of just one of many acts of violence he, his wife Johora, and their five children encountered while they were walking towards the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Johora gave birth the day they left their home; just hours later she fled carrying the newborn baby they named Nursahera.
During the 10 day journey, Naimullah said he saw bodies and burning homes. Two people in their group died before they reached the river marking the border.
His bullet wound went without treatment for weeks as his family arrived in Bangladesh and set up a makeshift shelter in Hakimpara Camp, home to more than 80,000 other new arrivals from Myanmar.
Someone told him there was a free clinic in the camp. . When he made it to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society clinic, he saw Japanese Red Cross Society medic Kozu Tsuda.
“I’ve studied bullet and gunshot wounds so when I saw it, I knew exactly what it was,” Tsuda said.
“The bullet had gone completely through his shoulder and arm and the wound was about one month old. It had even already started to heal on one side.
“It was amazing that there wasn’t more infection because he had not had any treatment.”
After his clinic visit Naimullah wore a grey sling, to keep his left arm still. On his shoulder was a puffy square of white gaze, taped firmly into place. He is healing.
“Before the clinic, I was suffering a lot, especially at night because of the pain.”
Having a clinic in the camp means Naimullah doesn’t have to leave his family alone to seek care. He can also go for follow up appointments.
He is one of 6,000 people given help so far by Red Cross/Red Crescent mobile medical teams.
Meanwhile his baby Nursahera is doing well, and has marked her one month birthday in the camp.