Week 1: Jamila's Story, Bangladesh
Twenty-two-year-old Jamila is a single mother living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. A Rohingya woman, she’d fled the armed conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to save herself, her elderly mother, and her eight-month-old baby. Having been abandoned by her husband, she faced life in the camp on her own.
Watch a video about Jamila's story HERE
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have crossed the border into Bangladesh since August 2017. Over 1.3 million people remain in the densely populated camps in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
Thanks to the generosity of Caritas Australia’s supporters and through our partnership with Caritas Bangladesh, Jamila has been able to access emergency food and shelter. As her stay in the camp stretched on, Jamila joined the Women Friendly Spaces project, where she received counselling and emotional support. She learnt about health and hygiene, participated in a parenting program, and learnt sewing skills to help her to earn an income.
Jamila now has a sense of community around her, and feels less alone and more supported. As a result, she’s able to ‘Be More’ to her family.
“I want to offer my thankful greetings to those who are kindly thinking of us from overseas,” Jamila says. “Thank you, and thanks Caritas Australia.”
Your support is life saving for people experiencing poverty and oppression. Please help people like Jamila "Be More'