Of the 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, 700,000+ are children, over 750,000 have fled Myanmar since August 25th, 2017 military ethnic cleansing campaign began.
The Rohingya Crisis
The mass exodus of the Rohingya from Rakhine State began on August 25, 2017, when the Myanmar (Burma) military initiated a targeted and systematic genocide campaign that included murdering, burning, torturing and raping (including children) the Rohingya. The Myanmar military went home to home and burned down around 300 Rohingya villages.
Since August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh, bringing the number of refugees there to 1.2 million people. Of that, 60% are children. The United Nations describes the latest mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar as "the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis" and "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
The Humanity Rises Medical Clinic
In 2018, The Humanity Rises Medical Clinic, located in the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, provided critical health services, testing and medication to over 32,000 Rohingya refugees for diseases, illnesses and injuries ranging from third-degree burns, bullet wounds, rape-induced pregnancies (including teenage girls), contusions, Diphtheria, Cholera, severe dehydration, chest infections, eye infections and beyond at an average cost of under $4.00 per patient. We are projecting to treat over 70,000 Rohingya patients in our medical clinic in 2019. In addition to medical care, babies, young children, pregnant and postpartum women are provided with supplements to treat and prevent malnutrition. Information relating to contraception, hygiene and general nutrition is also provided.
No living creature on earth should have to withstand one second of the unimaginable physical and emotional pain the Rohingya deal with every second of every day, and alleviating suffering through medical care reminds them they are not forgotten.
The Humanity Rises Rehma Child Life Center
The horror the Rohingya children have experienced from being the targets of the Myanmar military’s genocide campaign is unimaginable. In addition to many being victims of rape themselves, children have witnessed mothers being raped, siblings being thrown alive into fires, babies being shot in the head, toddlers being slaughtered by machetes and other incomprehensible violence.
Named in honor of Rehma Sabir, the Humanity Rises Rehma Child Life Center (HRRCLC) provides education-based pediatric mental health services to Rohingya children. The HRRCLC is staffed with psychologists, teachers and assistants trained in providing Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL), the standard approach to delivering pediatric mental health services in crisis situations. The HRRCLC is the only child life center in the 6,000 acre Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar to have two classrooms, a soccer field, outdoor play area, three bathrooms, wash stations, and onsite full-time psychologists. 75% of the children who attend the HRRCLC have lost one or both parents in the genocide campaign the Myanmar’s military unleashed on the Rohingya.
About Humanity Rises
Humanity Rises is a refugee humanitarian aid organization. Our fundamental belief is that during the world's darkest moments, light always shines through when humanity rises to help those affected by tragedy, and in helping to lift others, we lift ourselves.
In 2017, the year Humanity Rises launched, our efforts were focused on restoring dignity and igniting hope in the lives of refugees stuck in camps in Greece. To bring that to life, we installed outdoor gym parks inside refugee camps that helped lift the spirit of the entire camp. We believe physical exercise helps restore dignity and is the best way to rebuild the emotional strength refugees need to maintain the hope necessary to survive.
By the end of 2017, after 700,000+ Rohingya fled from Rakhine State after the Myanmar military initiated a targeted and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign, it became clear we needed to do something to help the innocent souls at the center of this unimaginable genocide. After extensive due diligence, we knew alleviating suffering was where we needed to focus our energy, so in June of 2018 we launched The Humanity Rises Medical Clinic in the Balukhali Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. In 2018, our medical clinic provided critical health services, testing and medication to over 32,000 Rohingya refugees for diseases, illnesses and injuries ranging from third-degree burns, bullet wounds, rape-induced pregnancies (including teenage girls), contusions, Diphtheria, Cholera, severe dehydration, chest infections, eye infections and beyond at an average cost of under $4.00 per patient. In February 2019, we launched the Humanity Rises Rehma Child Life Center that provides education-based pediatric mental health services to Rohingya children who have witnessed unimaginable genocide horror.
No living creature on earth should have to withstand one second of the unimaginable physical and emotional pain the Rohingya deal with every second of every day, and alleviating suffering through health services reminds them they are not forgotten.