Robbery in Leda unregistered refugee camp

Teknaf, Bangladesh:  A robbery was committed at Leda unregistered Rohingya camp, Nila union, under Teknaf police station by local robbers on February 23 and looted away some cash, gold ornaments and some properties from the possession of refugees, said Leda chairman Hafez Ayub.  “A gang of rubbers numbering 10/12 with face masks and equipped, entered the camp and asked the refugees of four rooms to open the doors in disguise of police on February 23. After opening the door, the refugees realized them as rubbers not police, then made hue and cry. Hearing the hue and cry, nearby refugees rushed to the spot, but the robbers halted the refugees by firing to them.”

Serazul Islam (25), son of Abdul Hafez of E-block was wounded at his backside when rubbers firing to stop refugees rushed to the spot and he is taking medical treatment from Muslim Aid, the chairman more added.

However, the robbers were able to commit robbery against four families—Room No. 9, 10, 11 and 12 of A-Bloc, including Leda camp chairman Hafez Ayub. The robbers took away—cash, some gold ornaments (earrings), mobile sets, one computer and two laptops from the possession of refugees, another refugee Hanan said.

The local robbers are from Rongi Khali and Ali Khali villages, according to Refugees.

The leaders of the camp appraised the event of the robbery and the police officer of Teknaf police station gave them promise to take action against the robbers, said the chairman of the camp.

In Leda camp, there are about 13,000 undocumented Rohingya are living  in Leda under  Teknaf police station. They do not get any relief from any quarter. But, they get shelter, health care, a therapeutic feeding center and access to clean water from Muslim Aid, a refugee elder named Jalil said.

However, the UK-based charity Islamic Relief will withdraw on 28 February from Leda makeshift camp for Rohingya refugees due to a lack of government support and lack of fund which was support by EU, the refugee elder more added.

The Leda camp has no armed security only Anser (Para military) and are facing water crisis and our children future is in dim, said the Leda camp chairman.

In July 2008, thousands of newly-arrived Rohingya who settled along the River Naff near Dum Dum Meah BGB checkpost in squalid conditions were shifted to Leda camp.

According to UNHCR, there are some 300,000 – 400,000 Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, the vast majority of who live in slums in Cox’s Bazar District.

Only 28,000 are documented refugees, who live in two official camps— Nayapara and Kutupalong— assisted by the agency.

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