ACTNews, SITTWE – The residents in Nga Pwint Gyi Village, Sittwe City, Rakhine, Myanmar, were happy. They gathered to welcome the water sources presented by Global Wakaf-ACT. Two new Waqf Wells can be used on Thursday (5/20/2021).
“So far, they lack access to clean water. They have to bring clean water far from the refugee camps,” said Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response, Thursday (6/3/2021). There will be 300 people who will be benefited from the Waqf Well in Nga Pwint Gyi.
Sanitation in Rakhine is in dire conditions. According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), displacement camps with an estimated 350,000 people in Myanmar are simply “COVID-19 tinderboxes”. Overcrowded camps with severely substandard healthcare and inadequate access to proper sanitation have made the communities incredibly vulnerable to the coronavirus.
In central Rakhine State, where over 100,000 Rohingya Muslims have been confined to detention camps, daily essentials are critically inadequate. One latrine is said to be shared by as many as 40 people and one water access point by up to 600, according to HRW quoted by the ASEAN Post.