Author: Nicola Jones

The faces of movement: new arrivals to Bangladesh

By Angela Hill/IFRC Thousands more people have crossed the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh since 9 October, most under the cover of night. Exhausted, dehydrated and many dealing with loss, they are moving into the camps and makeshift settlements near Cox’s Bazar. About 1,000 of these new families are in Mainnerghona, an already overcrowded camp without proper water, sanitation or shelter. But there, they feel safe. “When I reached here I understand, we are in peace,” said Rahmatiali. He walked for about 10 days with his two brothers, wife and children to get to the border. Azida feels the...

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Mobile health teams treat thousands in Cox’s Bazar

By Angela Hill, IFRC In Hakimpara camp in southern Bangladesh, people are lining up every day to see a doctor at a mobile health clinic run by the Japanese Red Cross Society. “It’s terrible. Many patients visit us with diseases caused by unhygienic conditions and some patients visit complaining of weakness because they haven’t had any food,” said Dr Nobuhiro Komiya, an infectious disease specialist. “Every day we have a long line in front of the clinic, its crowded with many people looking for care.” He listed some of the issues people are experiencing: skin infections, coughs and breathing...

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