About 60 Rohingya Babies Are Born Every Day in Refugee Camps, the U.N. Says

Source: Time


Updated: May 16, 2018 10:13 PM ET | Originally published: May 17, 2018

Nine months since military violence in western Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh, about 60 babies are being born every day in squalid refugee camps and informal settlements.

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The U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, said Wednesday that more than 16,000 Rohingya babies have been born in Bangladesh since the violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August last year.

“Around 60 babies a day are taking their first breath in appalling conditions, away from home, to mothers who have survived displacement, violence, trauma and, at times, rape,” Edouard Beigbeder, a UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, said in a statement. “This is far from the best start in life.”

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