A team of volunteers from Sikh organisation Khalsa Aid an international ngo has reached Bangladesh-Myanmar on Sunday night, providing relief to the lakhs of Rohingya refugees who are dealing with food crisis.
Amarpreet Singh, Managing Director, Khalsaid, India spoke to Indian Express and said that the condition of the refugees living in camps was “miserable to say the least.”
The group of volunteers reached Teknaf, a border town in Bangladesh where thousands of refugees have taken shelter. “It was our first day here today and we did a pre-assessment before launching a major relief operation. We had come prepared for providing relief to some 50,000 people, but there are more than three lakh refugees here. They are living without water, food, clothes and shelter. They are sitting wherever they can find a corner. It is raining, but people do not have anywhere to go. It is miserable to say the least. We will be providing them langar food (community kitchen) and shelter. We are arranging tarpaulins but since the number of refugees have overwhelmingly exceeded our preparations, it can some time to make arrangements,” he told Indian Express.
He said that there were huge gaps filled beyond the capacity. The Khalsa is serving food and water to the refugees. Another team is expected to reach the border in the coming days to assist in the relief operations.