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First NGO from India visits Rohingya  refugee camps in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar

A delegation of Red Crescent Society of India (RCSI), a Mumbai-based NGO, visited relief camps set up for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf in Bangladesh today.

The team – led by the RCSI Chairman Arshad Siddiqui and senior journalist Qasim Mehdi, who’s the coordinator of the relief operation initiated by the RCSI – visited around 20 camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border to assess the on-ground situation.

The delegation has decided to distribute humanitarian aid comprising of clothes, blankets, trampoline, solar lights, along with food grains and biscuits and sanitary napkins among the refugees.

RCSI will also set up a medical camp and will depute general physicians, paediatricians and gynecologists to serve the needy.

“As India has readily helped Bangladesh in times of crises, we felt it’s out duty to help our neighbour when it’s facing such a huge problem due to large influx of refugees,” Siddiqui said.

He added, “Despite help pouring in from across the world and the administration doing its best, there’s still shortage of basic amenities as thousands on people get added every single day. We will start sending consignments of humanitarian aid soon.”
According to Mehdi, RCSI is taking help of local NGOs and activists to execute the relief operation. “The locals are coming forward in large numbers to help us in our mission. We invite doctors from India too to come forward and partake in the noble cause.”

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