Rohingya Refugees unwilling to move to a shoal

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Official registered Burmese Rohingya refugees from Nayapara and Kutupalong camps are unwilling to move to a shoal at Hatia Island in Noakhali from the Cox’s Bazar district for lack of live security afraid because of lives safety, Saiful Islam, a Rohingya community leader said from refugee camp.  “We have been living in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar district over two decades, but we don’t get any durable solution and living at small huts with family members in miserable condition”

“Bangladesh authorities have taken step to move us from the official Nayapara and Kutupalong camps to Hatia Island by showing suitable and standard place. It is not suitable place as local people saying the place is very risk for lives and isolated and also a flood prone area,” the community leader more added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had ordered officials to shift the camps to a ‘suitable’ place six months ago. Government officials say Hatia has been chosen as the ‘suitable’ place.

At Khutuppalang and Nayapara, there are 34,000 registered Rohingya refugees but the government says Bangladesh has over 500,000 unregistered Rohingyas.

The Forest Department has 12,000 acres of land there. Noakhali administration has informed the land ministry that 500 acres will be needed for the relocation.

When asked a refugee schoolteacher, he said, “it will be better to die in the camp than moving to Hatia Island – isolated, a flood prone area and lack of live security.”

The schoolteacher also said, “We are human beings and the most persecuted people in the world. We have been living in Bangladesh over two decades without our future. So, we urge Bangladesh authority and International community to find out a real durable solution and safety place where we enjoy our rights and dignity.”

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