Food Insecurity, One of the Long List of Rohingyas' Problems

In the month of Ramadan, the Rohingyas can't feel the joy and prosperity as felt by other Muslim communities. “During the iftar time, they still have to starve for even longer since there’s no food to eat for iftar,” added Firdaus.

The Rohingyas in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar.
The Rohingyas in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar.

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, don't have food supplies for iftar and suhoor during Ramadan. According to Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response - Aksi Cepat Tanggap, food insecurity among the Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar is already in an emergency phase.

“The Bangladeshi authority can't do much, since it is not a prosperous country. Most of the Rohingyas can only rely on assistance from countries other than Bangladesh to fulfill their food needs,” said Firdaus in the Rohingya Humanity Virtual Tour, Thursday (04/29/2021).

Firdaus explained it’s not that the Rohingyas don’t want to strive to fulfill their own food needs, but there are just no available jobs in Cox’s Bazar, not even a casual job.

Moreover, In the month of Ramadan, the Rohingyas can't feel the joy and prosperity as felt by other Muslim communities. “During the iftar time, they still have to starve for even longer since there’s no food to eat for iftar,” added Firdaus.

Food insecurity, Firdaus added, was only one of the problems faced by the Rohingyas. Another problem that they are facing is the lack of proper housing.

The Rohingyas in Camp Kutupalong live in shabby tents made of woven bamboo or tarp sheets.

“If it rains, since there is a river near the camp, the camp often gets swept by a flood. Meanwhile, the dry season in Cox’s Bazar often turns the area barren, making it prone to wildfire. If a shelter catches fire, the fire will most likely spread to other shelters. It has happened several times,” said Firdaus.

Therefore, Firdaus encouraged the Generous Friends to help the Rohingyas. Through the benefactors' kindness, Firdaus hoped for the Rohingyas to get proper residence and enough food for their daily needs.

“Any kind of assistance will be very helpful for them. Especially in this Ramadan, it’s very important for us to bring happiness to our Rohingya brothers and sisters,” said Firdaus.[]