Local people extort money from refugees

Teknaf, Bangladesh:  Local youths are extorting money from the Rohingya refugees after imposing curfew against the Rohingyas along the border of Cox’s Bazar district by the government, said a refugee on condition of anonymity.
“Local youths collect money Taka 30 from unregistered and registered refugees of Kutupalong camps who go to forest for collecting firewood. The unregistered refugees live nearby official Kutupalong camp.”

According to sources, many unregistered refugees have to go to the forest to collect firewood because they have no any alternative way to feed their family members. They bring firewood from the forest and sell it in the local markets for their survival.

The unregistered refugees have been living in Kutupalong makeshift camp since long without supporting by the UNHCR and government of Bangladesh.

On October 6, over 20 unregistered Rohingya refugees including some official refugees went to forest without paying money to some local youths. The local gang leader is Shajan, said a refugee.

On their return after collecting wood, they were arrested and severely beaten up in the forest by local youths of Kutupalong locality.

After beating up, they were released by taking Taka 1000 to 2000 per head. But, five unregistered refugees were kept in the forest as they were unable to fulfill their demand. So, they were severely tortured and released without taking money at about 8:00 pm.

Another refugee rickshaw puller said, “I am not able to work outside of the camp as the government has imposed curfew along the border area of Cox’s Bazar. So, my family members are suffering from starvation.

The Rickshaw puller also said that many Rohingya refugees are struggling with their survival in the camps, but the government has alleged us that Rohingyas  refuge involved in the Ramu incident.

A Rohingya refugee leader told the Kaladanpress, “I don’t believe that Rohingyas involved in the Ramu incident. It was an allegation against us by some Buddhist monks and government.”

The refugee leader also said that the Rohingyas have no place to go anywhere like in Arankan state, many Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Burmese government and Rakhine mobs. Also in Bangladesh, the government and monks accused that the refugee were involved in  Ramu riots

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