In her walk of fame to rule the world, this former Miss World and UNICEF Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra, does not forget her philanthropic duties and has brought forward the plight of the Rohingya refugees, who have now settled in the border areas of Cox Bazar in Bangladesh.
Last year, we saw the exodus of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar. The brutal killings, torture, and rape forced these people to leave their country and find asylum in the overly populous Bangladesh. The lives of these refugees are again on the verge of being disrupted as monsoons arrive in Bangladesh. As the water levels rise, the people living on the fringe are on the verge of losing everything that they have tried to build over the last few months.
Priyanka Chopra’s field visit to the refugee camps has once again reignited the discussions about the Rohingya refugees amongst the South Asian nations – though each nation is still trying to evade bearing the responsibility for them.
In her posts, Priyanka is seen pleading with people for help and the need to show more humanitarianism. Her heartfelt message read, “I’m in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh today for a field visit with UNICEF, to one of the largest refugee camps in the world. In the second half of 2017, the world saw horrific images of ethnic cleansing from the Rakhine State of Myanmar (Burma). This violence drove nearly 700,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh – 60% are children!”
“Many months later they are still highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will ever belong…even worse, when they will get their next meal. AND…as they finally start to settle and feel a sense of safety, monsoon season looms…threatening to destroy all that they’ve built so far. This is an entire generation of children that have no future in sight. Through their smiles, I could see the vacancy in their eyes.”
“These children are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, and they desperately need our help.
The world needs to care. We need to care.
These kids are our future.”
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This is little Shohida (8 months old), who stole my heart with her infectious smile. It’s a poignant reminder of the dichotomy of life…here she was getting all the help she needed, when just a few months before, her mother, Alada (who was only 19 years old at the time) walked for 15 days, while 6 months pregnant with her ,to get across the border. It shows us that there is hope left in this world. When you’re dealing with a mass exodus of thousands of people, who have been displaced from their homes and are desperate for refuge, the need for proper health and nutrition takes center stage…especially for women and children. On the various Unicef Field Visits I have taken, I am always surprised by the simple yet effective solutions that @unicef and their partners develop to deal with the most dire and pressing situations and issues. This is something I experienced again today during my visit to the Nutrition Centre at the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar. More than 60,000 babies have been born in the camps over the past 8 months, so this center is an essential resource for new mothers to learn about proper feeding and nutrition. It all begins with the MUAC, a process where the child’s middle upper arm is measured to ascertain their nutrition level. From there, aids create a program for the child and a nutrient rich, ready-to-eat peanut paste is portioned out for each child based on the severity of malnutrition. At the Center mother’s are also taught basic hygiene and good health practices when they are in their homes. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh
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We hope people will rise to help at least the children, who have seen such horrors in life that many of us cannot even imagine.
Not competent enough to sit idle and stare as the world goes by, Pallavi is optimistic to a fault and believes in building her world on her own rather than depending on others to make things right.