Over 60 babies born in Rohingya camps every day

Turkey to aid Rohingya in Ramadan

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Nine months since military violence in western Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh, about 60 babies are being born every day in squalid refugee camps and informal settlements. "This is far from the best start in life".

As new waves of violence started in Rakhine State in August previous year, there were widespread reports of rape and sexual violence against women and girls.

UNICEF says that women and children who have survived sexual violence are among the most vulnerable and marginalized in the refugee community in Cox's Bazar, a district in southeast Bangladesh where they have sought shelter in sprawling refugee camps.

There were widespread reports of rape and sexual violence against women and girls, Beigbeder said in the statement adding that it was impossible to know the true number of babies who have been born as a result of sexual violence. "But it is vital that each and every new and expectant mother and every new-born receive all the help and support they need".

Only about 1 in 5 of the babies born in the refugee camps since September previous year were delivered in medical facilities, UNICEF said, a total of about 3,000 out of 16,000. Estimates suggest that only 18% of mothers now give birth in health centres.

"Working with partners, UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) is providing antenatal and post-natal care to mothers and their babies", the spokesman said. The agency is advocating for birth registration, and has mobilized almost 250 community volunteers to help ensure women seek medical care.

UNICEF has also been advocating for proper, legal birth registration for newborns, concerned that without this, babies will have trouble accessing the vital basic services they are entitled to.

The "invisibility" of non-registered children increases their vulnerability and the risk that violations of their rights will go unnoticed, it said. During times of conflict and unrest, providing newborn children with birth registration is a matter of urgent priority.

Children unregistered at birth or without identification documents are often excluded from accessing education, health care and social security, the UNICEF statement added. They include 730 children below the age of 5. As part of the United Nations, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation agreement on 23 November 2017. On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on "physical arrangement" which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.

At least 9,000 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine state from August 25 to September 24, according to Doctors without Borders.