Now these two families and thousands others like them have to find somewhere new to sleep. But for now they wait in what can only be described as abject misery, by the side of an extremely busy road.
Children are so close to the edge of the road that a number have been injured by passing cars and trucks carrying supplies from well-meaning Bangladeshis who are trying to help. But throwing clothes out of car windows is not what these 421,000 newly arrived refugees need most right now, including the 240,000 children among them. Almost 1,400 of these children crossed the border alone, without even a parent or a guardian.
What they need most is food, clean water, somewhere safe to take refuge from the rain, medicine, and to be protected from people like child traffickers. They need this now. Immediately - to prevent this children’s emergency becoming a crisis within a crisis.
To help them, aid agencies like UNICEF are working around the clock. But we are running out of supplies and donations from the international community have been slow to come in. The world is facing so many crises now, it’s hard to know who to help.
Rohingya children receive an immunisation against measles, which could spread with dangerous speed through crowded refugee camps. © UNICEF Australia/Matthew Smeals