Pilar was part of UNHCR’s Emergency Response Team working with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
This is her story
Pilar joined UNHCR’s Emergency Response Team at the beginning of the Rohingya refugee emergency. The team worked long hours, seven days a week, walking long distances in tough conditions.
"Most of the miles were covered as we took families who had been temporarily staying in schools in the old camp, to the new camp through small paths."
"We walked with the refugees, leading the way and helping them get settled. Some refugees were particularly vulnerable like old people or pregnant women."
"We walked through paths, up and down slopes and across bamboo bridges. There were very few trees so there was no shade from the sun."
"We visited each one of the newly arrived families to assess their shelter conditions and give out shelter kits to reinforce them."
UNHCR and partners provide lifesaving shelter and protection to Rohingya refugees. We work day and night. The needs are vast and new refugees arrive every day.