Fires and floods are two elements they have to live with, but they are being killed by most of the world looking the other way. Neither Bangladesh nor Myanmar wants to remember the Rohingya people.
Driven by machetes and fire from their own homes, they are trying to build a new one among a hostile neighbour. Families are in many cases bereft of their fathers, as they have been targeted first by the Burmese army.
They are being deprived of their fundamental rights – to education, to health care, to work, as if thinking that if we don’t look at the problem, it will go away. But we want to look, and we see the women who need a torch to reach their makeshift home safely after dark. We see the children whose camp diet puts them at risk of scurvy. And we know that you see too.
The recent monsoon rains have made conditions difficult again, but we are doing what we can to ensure that the families we and you have taken care of receive food parcels. These may be the only fresh vegetables they will eat this month. Legumes will also provide some sort of protein supply for the children. As much as they want to, they can’t get out of camp and earn them on their own. The only way they can give back is by sincerely thanking someone for seeing them as human beings.
Everything we do with you is based on doing good where others merely lament. We don’t ask for much. The average cost of one aid package is PLN 20, which will ensure that an entire family in the Rohingya camp does not go to bed hungry tonight.