New UN appeal launches calling for US$950m to meet needs of Rohingya and host community
Save the Children is warning that conditions are ripe for a devastating new health crisis in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh this coming monsoon season, which is expected to dump more than three metres of rain on the overcrowded and fragile settlements.
‘This morning we were deeply saddened to discover that a further member of our team was killed during yesterday’s attack against our office in Jalalabad. The identity of our late colleague was confirmed today, a young man in his 20s, during the second indepth sweep of the building.
This news comes as our staff struggle to come to terms with news that three colleagues were killed yesterday.
“It is with profound sadness that we can confirm three Save the Children staff members were killed earlier today in an attack on our office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. All other staff have been safely rescued from the office. Four were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment.
Save the Children can confirm that the security incident affecting our office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan is still ongoing.
Our primary concern remains to secure the safety of all of our staff. In response to this all of our programmes across Afghanistan have been temporarily suspended and our offices are closed. Afghanistan is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a child and for humanitarian workers to operate in.
New figures reveal that more than 48,000 Rohingya babies are expected to be born in Bangladesh this year, beginning their lives in refugee camps and makeshift settlements where families rely on food rations to survive and live in flimsy tents made of plastic and bamboo.
Few of these babies will be born in health facilities, and from day one will be at an increased risk ofgetting sick, suffering malnutrition and therefore dying before the age of five, warns Save the Children.
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