Locals protest against INGOs in Refugee camp

Teknaf, Bangladesh: A group of locals including Member Mohamed Ali of Upazila Phorishat (UP) – village admin member- are protesting against the INGOs who are working in the Nayapara camp, said a schoolteacher from the Nayapara camp.
“They protested against the INGOs because some local staffs were expelled from their jobs from INGOs on January 8. But, INGOs are trying to recruit some refugees to replace against the local posts.”

On January 9, at about 3:00 pm, some local village elders including UP member held a meeting and protested against the INGOs.

“We don’t want Rohingya refugees to work in the Nayapara camp after expelling local staffs. Our locals should work in the camp and INGOs must fulfill our demands. If INGOs don’t give opportunity to locals to work in INGOs, we will protest continuously against the INGOs and Rohingya refugees, after January 20,” according to statement of UP member Mohamed Ali.

The UP member also said, the Rohingya refugees came to Bangladesh from Burma 1992 and damaged our (locals) properties. The refugees also cut natural resources and work in farmlands.

According to sources, over 266 locals work in the Nayapara camp and they are supported by different INGOs such as Research Training and Management International (RTMI), Hunger for Action (ACF), Technical Assistance Incorporate (TAI), Ministry of Health (MOH) and others.

A refugee said on condition anonymity, “If INGOs give us opportunity to work inside the Nayapara refugee camp, it will be better for us. We don’t need to find out jobs out of camp for our survival and we are very happy on it.”

The refugee also said that many registered refugees went to Malaysia from the Nayapara camp by sea rout with the risky boats to search for better opportunity of their families’ future. If they get better opportunity from the INGOs in Bangladesh, they do not go to Malaysia.

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