ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – The call for Maghrib prayer echoed in Camp Balukhali in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Hundreds of Rohingya refugees who have gathered immediately ate the food in front of them. At that time, the young and old alike took part in the mass iftar held by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in Camp Balukhali.
Before the iftar started, the Indonesian Public Kitchen was busy cooking the meals. The preparation of the iftar began since noon, cooking the best, nutritious meals for the Rohingya refugees in Camp Balukhali.
Sucita Ramadinda of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT stated that the mass iftar was held for three consecutive days, from Sunday (5/26) to Tuesday (5/28). No less than 325 Rohingya refugees enjoyed the iftar meals served on that occasion.
“Alhamdulillah, ACT, with the assistance of local volunteers in Bangladesh, had a chance to assist the Rohingya refugees in Camp Balukhali at the end of Ramadan,” added Ramadinda, Thursday (5/30).
Since the mass exodus of the Rohingya in 2017, for many in Camp Balukhali, this is the second Ramadan away from their homeland. Sadly, the conflict in Myanmar has forced them to stay and spend their Ramadan in refugee camps.
In addition to the mass iftar program, ACT also provided food packages to 50 Rohingya refugee families. Still in Camp Balukhali in Cox’s Bazar, the food packages distribution took place on Monday (5/27). Rice, oil, spices and other basic supplies were given to fulfill their needs in Ramadan.
Living as refugees, it is not easy for the Rohingya to get basic supplies, especially in Ramadan when the prices of basic needs soars as the need increases. “We provided them food packages to alleviate their burden in the month of Ramadan,” said Ramadinda.
Over 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in several refugee camps. Almost 750,000 have lived in Bangladesh since the 2017 military crackdown in Rakhine State, North Myanmar.