Author and artist: Sami Ahmed
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Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: A volunteer with Terre des Hommes – a Swiss-based charity that aids children worldwide – talks about his responsibility in providing nutrition services.
Translations summary: Rahamot Ullah came to Bangladesh in August 2017 from the village of Foiyazi Paraf in Myanmar’s Maungdaw township, where he was a private teacher. Now age 24, he lives with eight relatives in Kutupalong.
Ullah volunteers as a mobilizer for Terre des Hommes. The charity helps the most vulnerable people, providing primary health care services, building wells and latrines, treating water to make it drinkable, giving psycho-social help, and aiding malnourished children.
Ullah’s role is with the charity’s nutrition sector. He visits the camp to identify underfed people – especially children under age 5 – and helps them come to a TDH feeding center. He also distributes nutritious foods. Malnourished people can be underfed or overfed.
His efforts get Ullah 800 takas ($9.43) a month, which he contributes to the family. He is the only one in the household earning money, with youngsters studying at learning centers.
TDH volunteers face some challenges in providing nutrition services, he said. Many Rohingya don’t know much about the risk of malnutrition – or about the TDH feeding center. So, he goes door to door to raise awareness about the center, the risks of malnutrition and the benefits of healthful foods. As the organization’s website points out,, a malnourished pregnant woman can pass on those deficiencies to her child. Missing out on vital nutrients can stunt children’s growth both physically and mentally.
Terre des Hommes also has weekly meetings with Rohingya leaders, including imams and teachers to share information. Ullah said the charity has found that its prolonged services have reduced malnutrition among its clients.
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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: Moloi Abdur Rashid, a forcibly displaced Rohingya, shared his views about Rohingya issues, including difficult living conditions.
Translation summary: Moloi Abdur Rashid was living in Maungdaw township’s Khiyari Fara area until August 2017, when he fled to Bangladesh. Now the 55-year-old is staying in Kutupalong Camp 3D. This is the third time he has sought refuge in Bangladesh; he’d also fled persecution in Myanmar in 1978 and again in 1991. Then he went back.
Rashid thanked his host country for its hospitality to Rohingyas. “Bangladesh government gave us shelter and has been providing for our needs,” he said, expressing hope that it will continue “until there is a solution for our issue.”
But the shelters are not ideal. “We are 11 people living in this small place in a congested area. This is very difficult for us to live in this condition. Relevant NGOs should take this into consideration and extend the shelters based on the number people” who live there.
Rashid teaches religion in a madrassa, educating Rohingya children without pay because their families can’t afford any fees. “This is only for the cause of God and so that children are able to get some kno