TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - About 145,000 Rohingya refugee children pouring into Bangladesh to stay safe from a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar government are now at risk of severe malnutrition, a UK charity has warned.
According to the Disasters Emergency Committee charity, more than 14,000 of the refugee children under the age of five are already suffering from “severe acute malnutrition.”
There were also more than 50,000 pregnant and breastfeeding Rohingya women among the refugees who need of proper food rations, the charity said on Thursday.
Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs have been attacking Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages since October 2016.
The children are among the over half a million Rohingyas who have fled their country following a sharp rise in violence since August 25, following a number of purported armed attacks on police and military posts in the western state of Rakhine.
Evan Schuurman, the spokesperson for Save the Children humanitarian response team in Bangladesh, told The Independent that the “sheer speed” at which the crisis has expanded provides the biggest challenge for relief efforts to save the stranded children and their families.