Saturday, May 5, 2018

Medical Mission: The Camps

While volunteering with MedGlobal in Bangladesh, I had the opportunity to visit one of the Rohingya refugee camps near the clinic where I was working. It was truly an eye opening experience; the magnitude of the displacement was instantly obvious. This image was the first glimpse of the camps, as we approached the HOPE Foundation's medical clinic:

After several days working in the clinic, I took a walk with other members of my group, into another camp.

There were huts with orange tarps as far as the eye could see. In this image, you can see the mountains of Burma in the distance. A looming concern is how huts built on the slopes of these little hills could lead to disaster in the case of a landslide, with the prospect of monsoon rains upon them. Preparation is under way presently.

What was interesting, was how many residents had made every effort to create normalcy inside their little cities that were the camps. One of the first things the residents do when setting up camp, is create a mosque. Religion is an integral part of their lives.

Residents also planted and harvested vegetables

A glimpse of modern technology:

There were safe spaces created for children. Another attempt at normalcy. That was one of my greatest concerns when I walked into the camp, the realization that everything is so open and accessible to anyone who might want to enter, how would the children be safe?

I saw this little guy, and it made me appreciate why I had come from almost half way across the world to work at a little clinic in the heart of the refugee camps. One of hundreds of thousands of reasons for the mission. His smile truly warmed my heart.


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