UPDATE: MERCY MALAYSIA CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS

Update #2 – MERCY MALAYSIA’S CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS IN
COX BAZAR, BANGLADESH

Kuala Lumpur, 3 October 2017 – Amid a dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing
violence in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state, MERCY Malaysia continues to call for urgent action
to provide relief for refugees in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Press Release Update #2 – MERCY MALAYSIA’S CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS IN COX BAZAR, BANGLADESH

MERCY MALAYSIA CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS

MERCY MALAYSIA CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS IN COX’S BAZAR
BANGLADESH AND CURRENT UPDATES OF MERCY MALAYSIA’S OPERATION IN MYANMAR

Kuala Lumpur, 26th September 2017 – In early September, Myanmar authorities had instructed all foreign and international aid groups operating in Rakhine to go on a temporary lockdown due to the violence that had erupted on August 25 when militants attacked police posts and an army base, provoking a major counter-attack that reportedly killed around 400 people, mostly Rohingyas. In consequence of this crisis, more than half of the estimated 412,000 Rohingya are women and children whom have seek refuge in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, bordering Myanmar without proper shelter, clean drinking water and sanitation. MERCY Malaysia in response has been on the
ground in order to assess the needs and prepare for further intervention according to our mandate in view of the latest escalation.

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Press Release MERCY MALAYSIA CONTINUAL RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CRISIS

Children in Bekaa Valley welcome MERCY Malaysia!

First child-friendly space for the young ones brings normalcy in dire conditions

January 16, 2016, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon:

Every child deserves the right to play. But if you are a very young Syrian in a refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, life is anything but normal.
Especially when you cannot go to a regular school, mingle with children your own age and end up facing cold wintry nights with rationed heating.

Living within the confines of their camp walls, running in little alleys separating their ‘container’ homes, MERCY Malaysia stepped in recently and opened a much needed child-friendly space for the young ones in the Faida camp.

Designed to help children play in peace and privacy, learn new things, listen to stories and express themselves through games, this space will help them return to some form of normalcy. These creative diversions are helpful for their development as they cannot attend local schools.
Or interact with the population outside their camps.
Local volunteer teachers take turns to supervise the children, and children from nearby camps also make an effort to come.

MERCY Malaysia’s team arrived on Jan 13, its 4th mission to help the Syrian refugees, where temperatures fall to sub-zero at night.
They are now visiting five camps in Bekaa Valley helping almost 500 families with humanitarian assistance and much needed hope for the neglected children.

Consisting of Team Leader En Norazam Ab. Samah, assisted by Mohammad Said Alhudzari and Muhammad Abdullah Ishari, plus MERCY Malaysia’s embedded media team, this trip also includes distribution of essential food parcels, blankets, heaters, fuel, medicines and clinic supplies.

Visiting the heart of the Bekaa Valley, namely refugee camps in Farah (45 families), Auda (300 families), Abrar (65 families), Faidah (26 families) and Ewak (30 families), MERCY Malaysia is reaching out to over 2,500 displaced Syrians this time.

From a conflict now in its fifth year, over 1.2 million Syrian refugees are in Lebanon.

More than half of them are young children!

To help go to www.mercy.org.my

MERCY Malaysia warms lives in the Bekaa Valley!

January 16, 2016, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon:

Very near the snow-capped mountains of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, lie many Syrian refugee camps filled with families who escaped from a conflict now in its fifth year.

Over 1.2 million Syrian refugees have travelled to Lebanon, and half of them are children.

MERCY Malaysia is now on the ground in the Bekaa Valley visiting five camps over the next few days helping almost 500 families providing humanitarian assistance as the harsh winter bites in.

Temperatures can drop to minus 2C and fall to sub-zero at night.

The Bekaa Valley is long and the concentration of refugee camps is near the Damascus-Beirut highway.

This area is too wide to be sheltered much by the mountains, it’s only 30km from the Mediterranean and is about 900m above sea level.

MERCY Malaysia’s team arrived in Beirut on Jan 13, its 4th mission to help/lend humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees.

Consisting of Team Leader En Norazam Ab. Samah, assisted by Mohammad Said Alhudzari and Muhammad Abdullah Ishari, plus MERCY Malaysia’s embedded media team.

The efforts on this trip include distribution of essential food parcels, blankets, heaters, fuel, medicines and clinic supplies.

Targeted at the northern part of the Bekaa Valley, namely in Syrian refugee camps in Farah (45 families), Audi (300 families), Abrar (65 families), Faidah (26 families) and Ewak (30 families) and eventually covering almost 500 households….

These camps in Lebanon are located only a few miles from the Syrian border.

Today, MERCY Malaysia opened its first Child-Friendly space section in the Faidah camp.

Designed to help children play in peace and privacy, learning new things, listing to stories and expressing themselves through games and sensing some form of normalcy.

These essential diversions are helpful for their development as they cannot attend local schools. Or interact with the local population outside their camps.

Local volunteer teachers take turns to supervise the children, and children from nearby camps also make an effort to come.

This report continues tomorrow…