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Rohingya Crisis : Rohingya Children Are Living In Fear


Rohingya refugee children gather in children's playground at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox''s Bazar, Bangladesh

As we enter the sixth month since this crisis erupted, thousands of Rohingya children are still living in fear.

Do you remember being a child, wide awake at night, breath drawn, every creak and whisper of breeze a monster under the bed, an intruder down the hall? Then as day breaks, childish fear evaporates and the night's terrors are forgotten.


For hundreds of thousands of children who are right now living in the sprawling refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, fear does not fade when the sun rises. The nights are long. And each day brings a new worry.


Today marks six months since these children were ripped away from the stability of their homes. Six months of trying to make sense of the horrors they have seen and this strange and often scary place.


In the words of a 12-year-old boy: "We live a captive life here. There is not enough space for us to play. We cannot do anything we want to do."


Almost 60 percent of refugees who've arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 are aged under 18, some 378,000 children. Many witnessed brutal violence and killing. Some saw their villages burned to the ground.


More than 2,680 children have been separated from their parents, either orphaned or lost in the chaos of escape from Myanmar. This is a children's emergency of the highest order.


In December, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision held a series of in-depth consultations with 200 children and 40 mothers affected by the crisis.


Childhood Interrupted: Voices from the Rohingya Refugee Crisis launches today so we can share their stories to create change. It's vital we hear what children hav