Approaching Ramadan, Benefactors’ Concern Alleviates Griefs of Rohingyas

Through various humanitarian assistance, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) is ready to help Rohingya people get through Ramadan in the midst of difficulties.

Illustration. Rohingya children study at refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The photo was taken in 2017. (ACTNews/Erwin Santoso)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Ramadan is coming soon. All Muslims all over the world have been preparing, even though some of them have been living in difficult situations, like the Rohingyas who have had to endure being victims of ethnic cleansing for years.

“They also experience denial of their right to practice their religion freely. More than  1.1 million Rohingyas are currently residing in the largest refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,” said Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response- ACT team on Thursday (3/25/2021).

Ramadan at Cox’s Bazar camps this year will come with significant challenges. The heatwave that hit Myanmar was made the air inside the camps was unfit to breathe because the Rohingya refugees camps were only based on the tarpaulin. As a result, refugees, especially mothers and children, suffered from Upper Respiratory Tract Infections.

“Difficulties in camps are added by poor water sanitation. This causes the life of refugees to be unhealthy. In addition, the lack of food supply makes Rohingya children suffer from malnutrition and hunger,” explained Firdaus.

Illustration. Rohingya refugees were stranded on Ujong Biang Coast, Banda Sakti District, Lhokseumawe City,  early September. (ACTNews/ Amanda Jufrian)

Recently a fire also scorched camps in Bulukhali, Cox’s Bazar. As many as 47 thousands refugees immediately lost their houses after the incident on Wednesday (3/24/2021).

Therefore, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has prepared Ramadan aid for Rohingya. “We will provide assistance until  Eid al-Fitr later. So we hope that the blessings of Ramadan that we received from benefactors can also be felt by them,” added Firdaus.

This Ramadan, ACT has prepared an iftar package assistance program as in the previous Ramadan. It is targeted that 20,000 people will be the beneficiaries. In addition, food packages will also reach 1,000 families.

ACT together with Global Wakaf also has also prepared long-term assistance through Waqf Well from Global Wakaf. “ We will build wells for mosques that are experiencing water crisis in Rohingya refugee camps. There are 500 targeted families of this program,” said Firdaus.

ACT has planned to provide assistance in the form of Muslim clothing for 1,000 children and adults to support the community’s need for worship equipment. At the end of Ramadan, thousands of Eid al-Fitr will be distributed.

“Hence, in welcoming Ramadan, we are invite the benefactors to help them. Hopefully, this Ramadan they get through it well and happily,” hoped Firdaus.[]