The Rohingya refugees, who have already suffered Bangladesh’s stifling heat and monsoon rains, are now bracing themselves for a harsh winter; and with a lack of warm clothing this only adds to their ongoing misery. At the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar (Southern Bangladesh), doctors are warning against the increased risk of an outbreak of cold-borne diseases, such as respiratory tract infections.
In such conditions it is the children that are the most vulnerable. During winter, the temperature in Cox’s Bazar dips to around 10–15 degrees, with December and January being the most unbearable months.
So, as winter is fast approaching, the Rohingya children need warm clothes and having bared this in mind, The Sreepur Village has already made some winter clothes for the very young. To date, we have made 1,306 fleece hoodies for the smallest and most vulnerable children (under one-year-old).
During the second week of December, The Sreepur Village will, in person, be distributing these products to the young Rohingya children. We believe that these warm hoodies can, at least, protect some of the most vulnerable children from winter’s severest weather conditions.
A few days ago, Pat received the hoodies made by DBL Group, a local garment factory in Mawna Fashions Limited, Gazipur. Most of the fabrics were provided by Crystal Martin Apparels Bangladesh Ltd. and The Sreepur Village.
The photos show Mr Salahuddin Ahmed, DGM, from the Industrial Engineering department of DBL Group, handing the finished garments to Pat. Mr Shafiqul Islam, Senior Manager, HR, and other management from DBL were also present.
We share with you a story of Sharifa, a mother who has had her fair share of struggles in life and who recently, along with her family, visited Sreepur to share with us her successes in life.
The sudden death of Sharifa's husband in late 2004 left her as the sole provider for her four children. With no one to turn to for help, Sharifa felt lonely, scared and desperate for her family's future survival.