Coronavirus comes for an abandoned people
“Our worst fears have been realized,” Deepmala Mahla, Asia director for CARE, a humanitarian organization, told Today’s WorldView. “I have no reason to be so optimistic that the confirmed number is the only number.” She warned of the camps’ “highly inadequate hygiene and sanitation facilities,” including shortages of soap and water. The sprawling encampments mark one of the densest places on earth, with more than 70,000 people per square kilometer in certain areas. “Social distancing” in this environment is a virtual impossibility.
The developments add a new layer of woe for one of the world’s most beleaguered communities. A majority of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar were forced into panicked exile by a campaign of ethnic cleansing led by Myanmar’s military that started in 2016. Most of the refugees don’t have a way back to their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state: Their villages were set ablaze and members of their community butchered, and authorities in Myanmar refuse to recognize their rights to citizenship and residency.
Years of systemic persecution and marginalization preceded what rights groups see as …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]