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UNICEF emergency supplies for Rohingya children en route to Cox’s Bazar

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On 7 September 2017, newly arrived Rohingya refugees walk ashore at Shamlapur beach in Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh, after traveling for 5 hours in a boat across the open waters of the Bay of Bengal.

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COX’S BAZAR, 14 September 2017 - UNICEF trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children are headed to Cox’s Bazar, with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days and weeks.

Up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25, with thousands more arriving every day. Around 60 per cent are children, according to preliminary estimates. The sheer number of refugees has overwhelmed pre-existing refugee camps, with new arrivals seeking shelter anywhere they can find space.

“There are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF’s Representative in Bangladesh. “Conditions on the ground place children at risk of high risk of water-borne disease. We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children.”

Supplies include detergent powder, soap, and pitchers and jugs for containing water, along with nappies, sanitary napkins, towels and sandals. UNICEF is also supporting the Department of Public Health Engineering with water treatment plants and carriers, and is working with partners on the ground to install and rehabilitate tube wells.

These items are part of a first wave of supplies that will massively scale-up UNICEF’s emergency response to the growing number of Rohingya children in Bangladesh,” Beigbeder said.

UNICEF has appealed for $US 7.3 million to provide emergency support to Rohingya children over the next four months.

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Notes to editor

For further information please contact:
Jean-Jacques SIMON, Chief Communication UNICEF Bangladesh,  Tel: (+88) 01713043478 jsimon@unicef.org

Christophe BOULIERAC UNICEF Spokesperson in Geneva, currently in Bangladesh Tel: (+41) 799639244 cboulierac@unicef.org


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