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Internally Displaced Rohingya in Myanmar Face Acute Health Crisis

By M.S. Anwar

June 14, 2014

Internally Displaced Rohingya in Myanmar Face Acute Health Crisis( Since International NGOs and Humanitarian Aid Workers were expelled from Arakan state of Myanmar on 27th March 2014, Rohingyas have been facing severe health crisis. Consequently, many people have been facing untimely demises since then.

Genocide of Rohingya people in the form of violence by politically motivated and state-sponsored Rakhine extremists in Arakan state of Myanmar unfolded in June 2012. It has displaced more than 140,000 Rohingya people all over the state since then. The displaced Rohingyas are now forced to live in squalid concentration camps in remote areas of Sittwe (Akyab), Pauktaw, Kyauktaw and Minbya Townships etc. Consequently, the Internally Displaced People (IDP) has been facing acute crises in every aspect of their lives. Leaving their food, drinking water and educational crises aside, the health crisis that they face today is monumental.

Medical crisis of Rohingya IDP became from worse to the worst after Humanitarian Aid Workers and International NGOs had been expelled from the state by state-sponsored violent Rakhine mob in late March 2014.

“Diseases are pervasive. Asthma, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Edema, Diarrhea, Jaundice, Hepatitis C, Urinary Tract Retention (UTC) and heavy menstrual bleeding in women are to name a few. These all are treatable diseases.

Sadly, there are no hospitals here. There are no formal clinics or doctors. Our people fear to go to Sittwe General Hospital because there are many cases that Rakhine doctors/nurses of the hospital have killed Rohingya patients instead of curing them. As a result, many people are facing untimely demises. Many pregnant women die at deliveries” Mg Sa’id, an internally displaced Rohingya living in Thakkay Pyin (Sakki Fara) Camps.

“Similar health crisis has been faced by other people in IDP camps all over” he added.

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