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Hadia - the story of a Rohingyan refugee

Hadia - the story of a Rohingyan refugee

Recently one of cbm New Zealand’s Programme Officers, Mohammed Al Imran, visited the cbm-funded project in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. There he met Hadia, a 10 year old girl with polio (Poliomyelitis). Her parents were killed by the Myanmar Army when they torched her village. Miraculously Hadia and her elder brother, who also suffers from polio, escaped.

After the massacre, there was nobody to help Hadia and her brother. Hadia said “I was not even sure why I was crying – was it because I just saw my parents murdered or was it because I feared being shot.” After a while, she couldn’t remember how long, they were picked up by a group of fleeing people who headed towards the Naaf River. This dangerous journey took them through a treacherous path in the jungle, across rivers and mountains, to avoid the army.

Hadia said soon these people got tired of carrying her and her brother and left them near a mountain on the route. Another group of escaping people kindly helped them to cross the mountain. After travelling hundreds of kilometres these children finally made it to one of the camps in Cox’s Bazar. Upon arrival at the registration desk, they were handed into the care of a foster family.

Three months have passed since Hadia’s escape to Bangladesh and she seems to be recovering from her traumatic experience. Thankfully both Hadia and her brother came to know about cbm-CDD’s outreach physiotherapy services provided by a mobile van. She regularly receives therapy. When the CDD physiotherapist first assessed Hadia, she couldn’t walk, stand or move by herself.  Now, she can move from lying down to sitting all by herself. And has been supplied with a wheelchair and a toilet seat. She is becoming stronger and even dreams of returning home one day.


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