In October 2017, 22-year-old Toyoba fled to Bangladesh to escape the wave of violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. She escaped with her husband, three children and other family members. Her brother was killed by the army and many relatives are still missing.
“It was intolerable torture continuing in Myanmar …We had to flee in the dark of the night; it took 15 days to walk through the hills with the children and elders.”
In the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, Toyoba realized she was pregnant but knew she didn’t want to have a child there, amid what she calls “an anxious life.” Her husband supported her decision to seek menstrual regulation services (as abortion is known in Bangladesh). She was able to receive menstrual regulation with pills at a maternal health-care center in the camps staffed by Ipas-trained health workers.