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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 March 2019

Doctors from UAE and Bangladesh treat thousands of Rohingya

Sheikha Fatima campaign helps refugees stuck in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. UAE doctors are providing medical aid to thousands of displaced people. Cathal McNaughton / Reuters
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. UAE doctors are providing medical aid to thousands of displaced people. Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

The UAE has stepped up efforts to help thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Displaced families are living in squalid camps near the border town of Cox’s Bazar, after escaping violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Now with the backing of the Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign, doctors from the UAE and Bangladesh are helping to treat women and children.

Teams use mobile clinics and field hospitals to provide better diagnostic, treatment and preventive services that help ease some of the hardships faced by these vulnerable communities.

Most Rohingya are Muslim and many in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar view them as illegal immigrants. Hundreds of thousands fled to Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmar troops.

Myanmar’s army has denied any wrongdoing and rejected UN allegations of genocide.

Updated: February 16, 2019 05:16 PM

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