Waqf Well Helps Thousands of Rohingyas Live in Rakhine

Global Wakaf-ACT was again providing clean water for Rohingya IDPs in Sittwe, Rakhine. It was targeted that this Waqf Well could alleviate the difficulty of clean water for thousands of IDPs.

Rohingya children IDPs queue to fetch water from newly built Waqf Well in Sittwe. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SITTWE – Construction of a Waqf Well for Rohingya IDPs in Rakhine, Myanmar, continued.  This time assistance aimed for 1,000 IDPs in Nga Pwint Gyi Village and Say Oo Village, Sittwe.

“Our target is more than a thousand people who will enjoy the assistance of these generous people. Waqf Well for Rohingya IDPs consists of six tube wells and a deep well,” said Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response-ACT team, Monday (4/5/2021). The construction was carried out for two weeks and was completed on Tuesday (3/30/2021) at the end of March.

So far, Rohingya IDPs in Rakhine had very few sources of water. They had to fetch clean water from far away from where they live. “This is a special concern for us through Waqf Well program. Hopefully, with the assistance of sanitation facilities from generous people, Rohingya IDPs can carry out their activities more easily and can maintain their cleanliness and health better,” said Firdaus.

Sanitary conditions were quite difficult in Rakhine. In 2020, Human Rights Watch  (HRW) reported that 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 had been confined to detention camps, daily essentials are critically inadequate. One latrine was said to be shared by as many as 40 people and one water access point by up to 600, according to HRW.[]