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Visiting Rohingya Refugee Camp - An Amazing Experience

Publication date:2019-01-31
*This article is posted by S. Rakin Razzak, the second son of AMDA Bangladesh director Sardar A. Razzak, who wishes to share his experience visiting the Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. To preserve the genuineness of his account, no editing was made to the original text.

‘Visiting Rohingya Refugee Camp-An amazing experience’
Written by: S. Rakin Razzak

Let me introduce myself…I am S. Rakin Razzak studying in Class-9 at National Ideal School, Dhaka, Bangladesh. I had a great desire to see Rohingya Refugee’s life. When I heard about Refugee from my father, my father Mr. Sarder A. Razzak has been working in AMDA-Bangladesh since early 1992 and I heard that he started his work in AMDA project for Rohingya Refugee in Cox’s Bazar.

It was about 26 years ago Rohingya Refugees people came to our country for shelter. My father told that in the Refugee camp people’s life was very missarable, especially children suffered a lot. So, I thought if I could have a chance to see the life style of Refugee in the camp.

Then again in 2018 when my father was discussing Refugee matter with my mother and was saying there are many Refugees from Myanmar crossing Bangladesh border and getting into Cox’s Bazar for their shelter. I again heard AMDA Bangladesh is going to support Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar. My father and his team were getting ready for a medical operation along with AMDA International Japan. I also came to know many Doctors and Nurses are coming to join this mission from Japan and other countries.

Hearing all about the Refugee matters, I was bit excited and would like to have a chance to visit the Rohingya Refugee Camp. But I know it will be very difficult for me to go there, because I have to attend a National Examination in 1st November, 2018 and it will be finished by 20th November 2018. But still I had a hope to get a chance to visit Cox's Bazar after my examination.

One day I asked my father, "Is there any chance for me to visit Rohingya Refugee Camp after my exam?” My father said, "Well, obviously you will have chance to visit the camp!!" But my father did not say exactly when and how can I visit? So, I was wondering and waiting…

Few months later, suddenly I came to know Kazuko Taketani-sensei is coming from Japan in March, for a couple of weeks on the occasion of the celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, 21st March 2018 and she will also visit Cox's
Bazar Rohingya Refugee Camp. I thought this might be the chance to convince my father to allow me to join Taketani sensei in her trip to Cox's Bazar.

After some weeks my result published and I got GPA-5 with Scholarship. My father and my mother became very happy to me. And they gave me the permission to join the trip to Cox's Bazar with Taketani-sensei.

After celebration of the WDSD 21st March, we got ready for the trip which was arranged on 22 March, 2018. In the morning at 8 am, we started our journey by bus. The journey was very pleasure to me and also very enjoyable for me with my father and Taketani sensei. After long time approximately around 8 pm at night we reached at Cox's Bazar in a Hotel. I was much excited for the next morning because we will go to the Rohingya Refugee Camp. Then we took our dinner and slept quickly. Early in the morning we get up, started our journey for Rohingya refugee’s camp at 9 am with us there were also the Coordinators, 3 medical doctors, Taketani sense, my father and one pharmacist. The driver drove the car.

We went there with some Medicine to serve in the camp. Then we started our mission to find out the major problems in the Rohingya Refugee Camp. I also took more than 100 pictures of Rohingya people. We visited the toilets, ponds, school, houses, and some of the NGOs whom are working for the Rohingya people. We saw Down Syndrome baby in the camp. Our team serves the people. More than 150 patients come every day to see doctor in AMDA Medical camp. And the doctor's check them properly, find out their problems and give them medicine.

Our team tries their best to serve the Rohingya people. Basically the children suffer much with many problems. They cannot take proper nutritious food, for this reason they suffer from many diseases.

Then we visited the school which is organized by UNICEF. In the school there are more than 40 to 50 students. There is also a teacher to teach them. Then we took some pictures with the teacher and the students. The interesting thing was that every Rohingya people face was happy but in the happy face we can see the sorrow of their mind.

Most of the people are illiterate if I get time I want to teach them about environment, social issue to manage their healthy family life. I hope I will. Rohingya people buy their daily necessary things from bazaar. The local people sales the goods but some of the NGOs serve those things free and without any cost.

There are many organizations like UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, FAO, UNDP working in the camp. AMDA team works very hard from 9 am to 3pm. they became very tired after working every day. But they try their best to serve the Rohingya people properly and I hope our mission will be success at the end. I also believe that AMDA can do it. I came to know from my father that Dr. Shigeru Suganami, the President of AMDA always says, “For a successful life a man should need 3 things that are Motivation, Ability and Opportunity.”

So, AMDA have the ability. AMDA team is motivated to support the Rohingya Refugee people. They have got the Opportunity to motivate the Rohingya Refugee people. They are using the Opportunity perfectly. They have tried their utmost ability.

I had cherished to observe Rohingya’s real condition with my own eyes. Almighty God has granted the hidden prayer of the core of my heart.

Thank you.

    •  GPSP Medical Mission (Promotion of Health)
    •  Bangladesh
    •  2019
    •  Peace Building
    •  for the Rohingya Refugees