Health Desk- August 26, 2020: An estimated 76,000 babies were born in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh over the past three years, said Save the Children in a new report released on Wednesday said.
According to the report, "The children's agency found 75,971 children aged under three in the Cox's Bazar refugee camps -- or nine percent of the total refugee population. The implication is that almost all of them were born after their mothers fled to Bangladesh".
Save the Children, which made the estimate based on data from Cox's Bazar up until May 31 this year, said the children under three are living in conditions that are not suitable for them.
There is limited access to education and healthcare, no freedom of movement or citizenship and they are almost entirely dependent on aid, the report said.
Mark Pierce, Myanmar, Sri Lanka & Thailand (MST) Director for Save the Children, said more than 30,000 children in the Rakhine camps have known no other life, no opportunity to explore the world outside, or visit their towns and villages.
Mentionable, some 750,000 Rohingyas fled a brutal military campaign against the Rohingyas in Myanmar's Rakhine state and joined around 300,000 others who had fled previous waves of violence.