As we focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19, our global communities’ response must support and encompass the needs of all populations, including those forced to flee their homes around the world.
High vulnerability and lack of essential resources persist for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Since August 2017, over 723,000 Rohingya refugees fled from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to seek refuge in temporary shelters following an ethnic cleansing campaign in the Northern Rakhine State.
As a direct result of the brutal oppression against Uyghur Turks, tens of thousands of Uyghur Turk families have fled to Turkey for their safety. Most of them are living in primitive conditions around Istanbul, Kayseri, Eskisehir and Ankara provinces.
IDRF in partnership with the A. M. Qattan Foundation (AMQF) are continuing to provide 7,600 children and youth with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of structured educational programming at the Child Center in Gaza.
About one million Syrian children who reached school age have been living in Turkey. Most of these children are not able to benefit sufficiently from educational opportunities that prepare them for life and roles in society, strengthen them in terms of social, cognitive and physiological aspects and accelerate their social adaption.
According to a medical examination conducted on over 60,000 students in Gaza by the Palestinian Information Medical Center, approximately 16% of respondents were reported to have a diagnosed medical condition; of this, 52% were attributed to a visual impairment.
Across Somalia, an estimated 2.9 million people require immediate aid in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Water scarcity in Somalia is evident across many rural and remote regions. In such settings, women and children are often forced to travel long distances in search of water placing them at an increased risk of violence and insecurity.