Rohingya refugee organized a repatriation campaign at Kutupalong, Lambashiya four road junction in Refugee camp. The campaign was aimed to welcome 2023 – the going home year. Everyone in the world wish for new year, but the Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh are wishing the 2023 is their going home year, according to participants and their poster and banner.

In the campaign, there are many types of refugees join in the campaign and the campaigner arrange to show some demand issues and carrying banners and placards with various slogans like “Rohingya Want to Smile in 2023,” “No NVC (National Verification Cards)”, “Enough is Enough, Let’s Go Home” and “2023 should be Rohingya Home Year,” a large number of the persecuted and vulnerable people attended the rally.

Addressing the gathering, Rohingya community leaders lamented that due to uncertainty around their peaceful and dignified repatriation and poor living conditions in Bangladesh’s 33 congested camps, their children are growing up without proper education and guidelines.

Currently, Bangladesh is hosting more than 1.2 million Rohingya who fled a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August 2017.

Every year around 35,000 newborn babies are added to the number of refugees.

Despite frequent efforts by Bangladesh, not a single Rohingya could be repatriated on grounds of safety, dignity, and citizenship right that the military junta scrapped in the guise of a controversial 1982 Citizenship Act.

The Rohingya refugee had struggled for their rights, but Bangladesh or International community didn’t fulfil it. The Rohingya are not able to return to their homeland.

They clearly demand three points in the campaign. The three points are to go home urgently; demand the full rights of citizenship and lastly, they opposed to acceptation the NVC – national verification card.

“If the situation remains so, we fear that in near future we will be part of a lost generation,” Moulavi Syed Ullah, a Rohingya community leader, said while addressing the rally.

Other Rohingya leaders also spoke, calling on the international community to put due pressure on the Myanmar government so that they take back their citizenship rights and safely go back home.

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