Bangladesh: Keeping an eye on Zibon

Zibon Sona is an 80 year old widow. She was forced to leave Myanmar in September 2017 and has sought refuge in an improvised refugee camp in Bangladesh. Due to a physical disability, she is unable to move from her canvas shelter and is reliant on her daughter for basic care.

An 80-year-old Rohingya woman looks tired as she talks to HI staff.

“I lie alone under this tent all day long,” she says, “My whole body is in pain and we are hungry all of the time. My daughter is trying to care for me but she has to look after the rest of the family. She has to leave me here to go and find food and clean water. I can’t wash myself or go to the toilets on my own, so I am trapped.”

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Handicap International’s assessment team is keeping a close eye on Zibon as she needs extensive physical rehabilitation and medical support to regain her independence. She has not yet been to the hospital as the family cannot pay for transport. Our team will ensure that she receives the care she needs.

HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL AND THE ROHINGYA CRISIS

Since August 30, our teams have been providing humanitarian assistance to nearly 10,000 refugees. Thus far, we've accomplished the following:

  • Conducted interviews with more than 3,000 people and identified their needs through door-to-door surveys 
  • Provided emergency psychological support to more than 2,000 people 
  • Organized nearly 400 rehabilitation sessions and handed out 160 mobility aids, including wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers
  • Provided psychosocial support to more than 300 adults and more than 350 children