প্রকাশিত:শনিবার, ২৬ অক্টো ২০১৯ ০৯:১০
The government is going to start relocating Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, a Bay of Bengal island, very soon from crammed camps in Cox’s Bazar.
The administration has listed 100 families willing to move to Bhasan Char. The government has said it will relocate 100,000 refugees to the island in phases. Top government officials say they want to start the relocations in November this year.
“Our government policy regarding the Rohingya refugees is no force will be used to handle them. We have long been working with them for confidence building for the relocation,” one official said.
The plan for relocation first came up in 2015. The government set several deadlines earlier to complete the development of the island, but no final dates were announced. The government has been building infrastructure on the island including homes, schools, mosques and flood protection embankments under a multimillion-dollar project.
More than one million Rohingya currently live in Bangladesh, with over 700,000 coming from Myanmar since late August 2017 amid a violent crackdown on Rohingya by the country’s military.
Nur Hossain, a refugee, said he listed his 17 family members for the relocation. “I have seen a video of the island. I have seen concrete buildings there. Here we live in very bad conditions. I think my family will have a better accommodation there,” he said.
He said many others in his camp have been consulted already and they are increasingly showing interest.
Another refugee, Anowara Begum, 45, said she convinced her family members to move to the island.
“Here our life is terrible. There is no space here. I don’t think we will be able to go back in Myanmar very soon. We want to have a better place to stay,’” she said.