UNICEF Helps Malnourished Rohingya Refugee Children Come Back to Life

 

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When UNICEF Kid Power Team members get active, they unlock lifesaving nutrition to help children like Mohammad.

One of the most vulnerable Rohingya refugees now living in Bangladesh settlements, Mohammad is among thousands of malnourished children UNICEF is nursing back to life with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). Watch his mother, Momta, talk about her family's flight from the military crackdown in Myanmar, which has driven an estimated 687,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh since August.  

"When we fled, we lost everything, including our rice and our clothes. We were all crying," she says. "Now the children are getting thinner every day. It makes me sad that I can't feed my children properly." 

Thankfully, UNICEF is on the ground to help. Momta brought her children to a UNICEF-supported nutrition center, where screeners determined that Mohammad was suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), which can be fatal if untreated. Staffers provided Momta with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), which has brought Mohammad back to life. "Now, after feeding him, my child is much happier," says Momta. 

If you'd like to join the UNICEF Kid Power Team to help children like Mohammad get the lifesaving nutrition they need to survive and thrive, donate today to help fund a classroom where students are getting active to save lives. You and your family can also turn your daily activity into lifesaving nutrition with the UNICEF Kid Power Band!