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The conditions are horrendous for refugees who have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in droves in recent weeks, according to Muslim Aid staff who flew from London to support our Bangladesh office.
“The people who have made it across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh have walked for days, crossing mountainous terrain without food, eating dry leaves. Many are sick and barefoot without slippers or shoes says Senior Digital Communications Officer Madiha Raza.
Muslim Aid Supporter Services Manager Shoaib Hameed met 43 year old Muhammad Ahwar, who fled from his village as it was being burned down. He and his seven daughters climbed through mountainous terrain, through rivers and over stony ground for 10 days. In the scramble, Muhammad's one month old daughter was lost.
Muhammad was so overcome with grief that he could not tell Shoaib how this happened. "I don't know what will become of my wife and my six remaining daughters," he said. "We are so grateful that Muslim Aid is trying to help us."
Madiha also met a man who had lost his legs at the knee. "He crawled on his knees all the way to Bangladesh, it took him 20 days, he had such a sadness in his eyes" she added.
Our Bangladesh team have been distributing rice packages and are assessing future needs at the moment.