Country: Bangladesh

Living alongside new arrivals in Cox’s Bazar

Before the latest influx of hundreds of thousands of people from Myanmar’s Rakhine state began in August last year, Laila Begum says the area close to her house was nothing but forest, with elephants roaming through the vegetation.

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Finding courage and drawing strength from helping others

Rashida hasn’t heard any news of her husband since the family’s house was set ablaze, he was taken away and she and her children fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to safety in Bangladesh. She says she is sure he must be dead, otherwise he too would have joined them.

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Breastfeeding: a life saver in Bangladesh camps

Laila Begum, 25, is whisked in to the emergency tent at the Red Cross field hospital, in the heart of Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, just a few kilometers from the Myanmar border. Laila is worried about her six-month-old daughter, who has a fever and is struggling to breathe.

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Treating the sick today and being prepared for tomorrow

By Francis Markus, IFRC The radiologist opens the bamboo gate to the X-ray tent and four year old Nur Kolima heads gingerly in to lie down on the bed for his image to be taken. His mother, Fatima, is taking no chances with his cough symptoms. “I had three children, but my little boy, aged 10 months died of fever,” she says with a blank expression. The family, who arrived three months ago, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, had taken the child to a traditional community healer, but he was not able to offer any effective treatment for...

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