A Grade 7 Hamlin student is visiting a refugee camp in Bangladesh this summer. Speaking to her classmates, Cassidy shared her passion to make a difference in another part of the world. Cassidy spoke about how child refugees often become victims of human trafficking, something she learned about in her Grade 6 social studies class.
The humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. As of 24 May, there are an estimated 905,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. Not only has the pace of arrivals since 25 August made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh—mostly women and children—are traumatized, and some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, shrapnel, fire and landmines. –United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
There are 500,000 children in the refugee camp that she will visit. “Most of the kids are not being educated and many do not have parents, they are orphans who are simply assigned a family to live with.”
Cassidy will bring an altruistic presence and help younger children practice their English during her time at the refugee camp.
After her presentation Cassidy distributed paper for Hamlin students to make cards for the refugee children.
“We are showing the children that they are not alone in the world and that we care about them.”
For more information about the refugee crisis, please visit: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-29/pregnant-rohingya-refugees-facing-monsoon-see-donor-funds-dry-up