A Fire in Cox's Bazar Kills and Traumatizes Rohingya children

The fire will cause trauma for Rohingya children. Based on a survey conducted by a humanitarian organization in Bangladesh and published in August 2021, approximately 73% of Rohingya children exhibit traumatic symptoms due to the disaster events they witnessed in Cox's Bazar, including fires.

Rohingya Refugee Camp
On Tuesday (3/8/2022), a fire breaks out at the Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar. (Special Document)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – On Tuesday (3/8/2022), a fire engulfed many refugee camps in Kutopalong, Ukhiya Upazila in Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh, displacing approximately 2,000 Rohingya refugees, including 1,000 children.

According to a report received by ACT's Global Humanity Networks, a six-year-old boy died in the fire. "We have nothing left. Everything is burning to ashes in the fire," said Fahim, a 13-year-old Rohingya boy whose belongings and a tent had been charred.

At 4:30 p.m. local time, the fire broke out in one tent of camp number 5. Fire charred 400 tents in the camp, which is near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in just a few hours.

Save the Children said some homeless families were staying with relatives, while others moved to other camps.

"The shelters made of dry bamboo and tarpaulin are incredibly flammable. More fire-resistant materials must be permitted, and additional openings in the fencing need to be built. Hence, refugees can reach safety in an emergency," Save the Children’s Country Director in Bangladesh, Onno van Manen, said in a statement.

The blaze follows a massive fire in January, which destroyed 1,200 shelters and left more than 5,000 people homeless and four smaller fires between January and March.

The fire will cause trauma for Rohingya children. According to a survey conducted by a humanitarian organization in Bangladesh and published in August 2021, approximately 73% of Rohingya children exhibit traumatic symptoms due to the disaster events they witnessed in Cox's Bazar, including fires. []