On June 22, 2018, Betsy Hague, a Medical Mission Sisters Associate, left for Bangladesh to work with the Rohingya Muslim refugees. While at the camp, Betsy connected with a female doctor who asked her to work with the midwives at the camp, helping them with various skills in working with the women who have been so traumatized. She also went to several classes that had already been planned and met most of the midwives with the intention of giving them some support and ideas for doing group work at the clinic. “My sense is that I have found the place where I have something to offer,” Betsy shares.
Not long after her arrival at the camp, Betsy experienced monsoon rains, that flooded out the fragile roads in several places and turned the rice fields into lakes. Even with minimal equipment available, doctors must see patients in the interior clinics composed of blow-up tents with tarps on the floor.
The Hope Field Hospital in the Rohingya Camp is working hard, against all odds to develop clinics that are open 24/7 for the Rohingya Refugees. Still it is hard to help the people get well and stay well when they are in such close quarters with dirt floors and lack many of the things we take for granted—like showers and laundry facilities, especially as the heavy rains of the monsoon season continue. This leaves people with many skin infections, allergies and breathing problems as good hygiene is almost impossible. It is an incredibly difficult life, and the uncertainty creates chronic stress for everyone.
May the rest of the world open their hearts even a fraction of the way Bangladesh, an extremely poor country, has taken close to a million refugees who needed sanctuary.