Sumania* is a #Rohingya refugee living in Moinnarghona Camp in Bangladesh with her seven children. Oxfam recently installed latrines and water pumps in the camp. Sumania lives just a short walk to both a latrine and a water pump. In her own words, this is her story:
“I have been here one and half months. We arrived here on the day of Eid. It would
be about six weeks we have been here. We have never been here before. We do not know anything about this place. This was a hill and jungle. The jungles have been cleared and they dug the land to make it suitable to build houses.
We did not have anything, there was no house, all we had were the clothes we
were wearing, we were all wet due to the rain. The children were all sick when we
We used an axe, we cut the jungle and the land here and then we built the house.
Since this was a hill, there was no water. No water or latrine. We got water and a
latrine 10-15 days ago.
I was sad that my children got sick from the water, when they got diarrhea.
We were running in and out of the house and to the doctors when we had dirty
Now there is a latrine, so we can use it now. Now that there is water pipe, we are
happy that the children are feeling better. Now after taking medicine, they are
We can drink water whenever we need to. We are feeling better that now we can take a shower anytime and drink safe water. The children can go and fetch water, we do not have to go far. It makes me very happy that my children are getting better, they can wash their body, they can drink safe water from the pipe too. We are happy."
Since August 25, nearly 515,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed over to Bangladesh’s South-Eastern districts resulting in a massive humanitarian crisis. Oxfam’s response has reached nearly 180,000 people with clean drinking water, emergency toilets, water pumps and food rations.
📷: Bekki Frost / Oxfam
*Name has been changed