Turkish charities have been working hard to help Rohingya Muslims living in difficult conditions in the refugee camp in Bangladesh. Included in its efforts, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) built the first playground in the camp and the largest modern kitchen in the region.
According to the UN, the number of Rohingya Muslims who take refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing from cruelty in Myanmar has increased to 626,000, with 55 percent of that number being children. While providing food, medical care, shelter and new facilities for Rohingya Muslims, TİKA has also developed projects for the youngest residents of the camp. The only playground of the improvised camp Tankhali in the province of Cox Bazaar was built within this framework.
Thanks to TİKA's ingenious thinking, the playground equipment was built with materials of local origin. The park, located near the shelters, is the size of a small football field. The new equipment includes swings and seesaws, as well as miniature poles.
Dhaka Children's Park Architect
Speaking with the Anadolu Agency (AA), TİKA's Assistant Coordinator in Bangladesh Cihan Dinçer said they arrived in August and immediately began to work on supplying foods.
"Later we realized that most of the people in the camp were women and children, many children came to look for food packages, we wanted to do something for the children and then we discovered the empty space," Dinçer said.
Detailing the playground construction process for children, he added, "We designed the park with materials found in the area, such as bamboo, with the help of a Dhaka architect. for the children. "" The children are very happy. "When they smile, we all smile," All the tension of the day can be forgotten with the smile of a child. "All of our coworkers, volunteers and charities do not agree that the Children's happiness is worth all the problems we face here.The only source of fun for these children is this playground, "explained the deputy director.
Playground to be transferred to UNICEF
Noting that even the youngest children in the camp carry a lot of responsibilities, he continued, "We see that these children have responsibilities from the 5 years, the family expects to bring their lunch of rice and meat "
" We just want you to forget about these problems for a while with this playground, "he added.
TİKA plans to transfer the playground to UNICEF. It is expected that the transfer will be made with a memorandum of understanding that will be signed soon. It also indicates that the UNICEF authorities really liked the playground.
Turkey donates the largest kitchen in the field
After arriving in the district after the crisis at the end of August and making great progress, especially related to the food supply of the camp, TİKA also brought something new.  To help provide hot meals to 5,000 or 6,000 families, about 25,000 people, every day, TİKA has built a large kitchen in the camp. With a high priority on hygiene, the kitchen is the largest and most modern kitchen in the region.
TİKA's cook, Tarık Aksu, said they cooked meat, chicken and rice with a total of 2.5 tons of ingredients each day and served it with 34 staff members. of Bangladesh and Rakhine.
Affirming that they pay attention to people's preferences, Aksu added: "Everyone seems to be satisfied with our meals, I visit all the camps with a translator to ask them what they need and if they like the food, they have received very positive comments" .
The Buddhist majority in Myanmar denies that the Rohingya Muslims are a separate ethnic group and considers them illegal immigrants. Rohingyas are a stateless Muslim minority that has long faced persecution in Myanmar, which considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The one. says that more than 600,000 have arrived in the last year, blowing up camps that already housed between 300,000 and 400,000 refugees. Bangladesh has allocated land to house some 800,000 refugees in a massive camp, but the United States has warned that such a large concentration in one area could promote the spread of disease.