Perilous Times

Increasingly Perilous Times to be a Migrant, Refugee, Asylum Seeker, Displaced or Homeless Person with Children. At the Doorstep of the World’s Biggest Refugee Camp. Assumption the ‘everyone will get it.’ Almost 1,000,000 people living in overcrowded and dirty conditions. Average density of about 103,000 people per square mile.

Luke 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Revelation 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

(‘fourth part’ = 25% = *7.7 billion x .25 = 1.93 billion people) *estimated earth population as of March 2020.

Increasingly Perilous Times to be a Migrant, Refugee, Asylum Seeker, Displaced or Homeless Person with Children. At the Doorstep of the World’s Biggest Refugee Camp. Assumption the ‘everyone will get it.’ Almost 1,000,000 people living in overcrowded and dirty conditions. Average density of about 103,000 people per square mile.

“Our assumption — which is an unfortunate, but reasonable one to make — is that once it’s in the camps, nearly everyone will get it.”

By Tim Hume Mar 26 2020, 7:24am vice.com

For months, aid agencies have feared the arrival of coronavirus in the world’s largest refugee settlement, the sprawling camps of Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where about 855,000 people live in overcrowded and dirty conditions.

Now, the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the nearby town, also named Cox’s Bazar. Aid workers worry that transmission into the camps is inevitable — and will result in a catastrophic outbreak.

Aid agencies are doing what they can to try to prevent or delay an outbreak and make preparations for when the wave hits. But the virus has overwhelmed the well-equipped health systems of wealthy Western and Asian countries, and officials know that Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, has no chance of responding to a rapid outbreak among one million refugees.

“I shudder to think of what an outbreak in the camps would be like,” Deepmala Mahla, Asia regional director for the humanitarian nonprofit CARE, told VICE News. “I would say this could be something we have never seen before.”

The camps, about 20 miles away from Cox’s Bazar town, are already among the most desperate places on Earth. About 855,000 Rohingya Muslims, who fled a wave of genocidal violence in neighboring Myanmar in late 2017, live in massive sprawls of overcrowded and makeshift shelters on uneven terrain, divided for administrative purposes into 34 camps. Another 150,000 or so Rohingya refugees live outside the camps, among the local community.

In the camps, basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus, like frequent handwashing and social distancing, are impossible, said Mahla. Families are packed into flimsy shelters at an average density of about 103,000 people per square mile. The traumatized and undernourished population rely on public toilets and wash facilities that are usually overburdened. More than half of households don’t have access to enough water to meet their needs, and only two-thirds have access to soap.

Juliet Parker, director of operations at Action Against Hunger UK, called Cox’s Bazar “a ticking time bomb.”

“When you look at the devastation

[the coronavirus]

has wreaked in so-called developed countries, the damage that could be done in fragile or conflict contexts could be devastating.”

Bangladesh is also just months away from monsoon season, which starts in June and brings high winds, flooding, and landslides that regularly wreak havoc on the refugees’ flimsy shelters and leave the camps mired in mud. The onslaught already makes the camps prone to outbreaks of disease.

“It’s very, very, very difficult,” Athena Rayburn, head of advocacy for Save the Children’s Rohingya response, told VICE News. “We’re doing what we can. But essentially we don’t have enough health care. We don’t have enough doctors. We don’t have enough [personal protective equipment]. And we’re looking at a situation where transmission would likely occur very, very fast.”

Aid workers have been planning for an outbreak on the assumption that once a case was confirmed in the district, it would spread locally and inevitably reach the camps. Now that scenario is beginning to unfold: On Tuesday, a 60-year-old Bangladeshi, a resident of Cox’s Bazar town who’d recently returned from Saudi Arabia, tested positive. The woman has been transferred to a hospital in Chittagong, and at least 21 people who came into contact with her have been quarantined.

“Looking at global examples, the idea that we will be able to escape any cases in the camps is unfortunately not realistic,” said Rayburn. “Our assumption — which is an unfortunate, but reasonable one to make — is that once it’s in the camps, nearly everyone will get it.”

In fact, COVID-19 may have already reached the camps; aid workers say no tests are being carried out to know for sure. Bangladesh, a country of 170 million people, has extremely limited testing capacity, and none are available in the camps yet. Across the country, only patients with possible symptoms and a recent history of travel are being tested. So far, Bangladesh has 39 confirmed cases, with four deaths.

Even if the tests were available, a stigma around the disease has already developed in the camps, meaning some refugees who experienced possible symptoms may avoid seeking treatment at clinics. Rayburn said, in the absence of testing, the best indicator that there wasn’t already a widespread outbreak in the camps was the fact that there hadn’t been a sudden spate of cases involving patients needing ventilators and intensive care.

The government has requisitioned three resorts to use as isolation facilities, and services in the camps have been cut back to the bare essentials to try to reduce the chances of humanitarian workers bringing the virus into the camps.

But they know this will be no match for the storm that’s coming.

“We’re in an unprecedented situation,” said Rayburn. “For the whole of Cox’s Bazar district, it could be pretty catastrophic.”

Revelation 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

(‘fourth part’ = 25% = *7.7 billion x .25 = 1.93 billion people) *estimated earth population as of March 2020.

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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