I want my children to grow up and become good human beings.
Solima, 25 (Unchiprang Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh)
Solima is from a small village near the town of Maungdaw, Myanmar. She is married with five children, aged 12, 8, 7, 5 and 4. Her family walked for five days in heavy rain before they reached the Naf river. “I was scared for the children the whole time. We hid during the day, sometimes in abandoned villages, and walked at night. When we reached the river, we crossed over on a boat. The boat was so crowded with other villagers that it almost capsized. Thank God nobody fell in the water. I was seven months pregnant, but I lost the baby. The baby was stillborn.”
“I remember that day very clearly because we did not celebrate Eid. We fled the village when the raids began. It was just before the evening prayers. We left with no belongings, we only took the children. We did not even close the door of our house.”
Her 7-year-old boy, Shahid Kham, developed tuberculosis but is now cured after completing treatment. “I am very happy that my son is now cured. He has gained weight and the cough has disappeared. He had coughs in the village. After we fled his condition got worse and he lost a lot of weight. A community health worker came to our tent and did some tests.
They found he had tuberculosis. He finished his medicine three days ago. The entire family sleeps under a bed net. They taught us how to use it and told us about malaria. The refugee camp is very hot and there is a lot of mud, but I am relieved we are safe. In the village we had four cows. They gave us milk and I used to take them to the fields. It made me very happy to take the cows to the fields.”