Images: Tom Pilston for Action Against Hunger
This International Women's Day, Action Against Hunger is sharing a collection of inspiring stories of women who work for us and are affected by our work
Mar 8 2018
For International Women’s Day we’d like to introduce you to Women’s Health Education Officer and Counsellor for Action Against Hunger Bangladesh, Shaki Rani Bose.
30-year-old Shaki is currently working in Action Against Hunger’s Emergency Operations Centre in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazaar. The centre is situated on the fringes of Kutupalong ‘mega-camp’, which became the world’s largest refugee camp when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a brutal military-led crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, in late August 2017.
It is thanks to staff like Shaki that Action Against Hunger is one of the leading agencies responding to the crisis, prioritising programmes to deliver food assistance, water and sanitation, lifesaving treatment to acutely malnourished children, and mental health “first aid”.
Shaki, who works tirelessly to help the traumatised and malnourished mothers and infants of the camp, spoke to us about the type of problems she encounters day to day in her role.
“Since the refugees arrived last August, the crowd we see is huge every day and many arrive in a really bad condition. In just one hour I see ten times more people than I used to. I have seen too many very thin babies since last August too".
"Often women cannot breast-feed anymore because of the horror they saw in Myanmar added on top of the distress of leaving their homes and running, running from the soldiers for many days… Just today I saw two pregnant women crying, suffering a lot, because they cannot feed their babies… I have a one-year-old daughter myself who I’m breast-feeding and I know how sad and difficult it would be for me if I couldn’t do that.”
Shaki’s compassion and expertise are evident in her work, and Action Against Hunger are proud of the vital services she is able to provide towards the health and wellbeing of the mothers and their children living inside the camp.
Despite the challenging environment she works in, Shaki is able to remain positive: “I have good and bad feelings both about working inside the camp…The challenges they face are unbearable, but if there was no help or support the mortality rate would be very high. I also feel good that they are in a safe place now. There is someone beside them who cares about them. That makes me feel good.”
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