UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra, has shared her on-ground experiences from the Rohingya refugees shelters – from stumbling upon “calmness” in the conflict-stricken zone to urging global community to come to their aid.
“As I walk into the Women Friendly Space at the Jamtoli Camp, I am instantly struck by a certain calmness. These camps are loud & crowded, actually overcrowded, and so to find a quiet oasis, in this case a small hut with a tarp roof and thatched bamboo walls, is surprising.But for the girls in this camp, this is what they call their ‘house of peace’. It’s a place they can come and just be. A place to interact with friends, seek counselling, learn about hygiene, or learn life skills like art and music,” Chopra wrote alongside a photograph in which she can be seen having a ‘tea party’ with a refugee girl.
“It’s a poignant reminder of the dichotomy of life… Here she was getting all the help she needed, when just a few months before, her mother, Alada (who was only 19-years-old at the time) walked for 15 days, while six months pregnant with her, to get across the border. It shows us that there is hope left in this world,” she wrote.
The actor again visited Nutrition Centre at the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar.
“More than 60,000 babies have been born in the camps over the past eight months, so this centre is an essential resource for new mothers to learn about proper feeding and nutrition,” she said.
Chopra urged people to send in donations and lend their support through UNICEF.