Warning: contains mentions of sexual and gender-based violence that some readers may find upsetting.
It’s not easy to feed your family, find clean water or see a doctor in the Rohingya refugee camps. It’s also not safe to walk alone at night. Reports tell of women and teenage girls being attacked, sexually assaulted or abducted by human traffickers.
Tearfund’s local partner, COAST Trust, are helping to make the streets in the camps safer.
Since 2017, as well as providing food, water and medical services, COAST Trust have installed 463 solar-powered street lights in the camps. The lights charge during the day and stay running all night long.
An estimated 910,000 Rohingya people have arrived in Bangladesh, seeking shelter in refugee camps after fleeing violence in Myanmar in August 2017. Three years on, the camps are still a harsh place to live.
Until the street lights were put up, most women and adolescent girls couldn’t go out to use the toilet or washing facilities during the night for fear of being attacked. With poor visibility, it’s also dangerous to not be able to see where you’re walking – some children and the elderly have fallen into the storm drains.