Bangladesh Resumes Moving Rohingya Refugees To Flood-prone Island
Bangladesh has resumed moving Rohingya refugees to a remote and flood-prone island, authorities said Wednesday, despite criticism from aid groups and claims some are being relocated against their will
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Nov, 2021 ) :Bangladesh has resumed moving Rohingya refugees to a remote and flood-prone island, authorities said Wednesday, despite criticism from aid groups and claims some are being relocated against their will.
Another 2,000 Rohingya will nonetheless be transferred this week, the country's deputy refugee commissioner Moozzem Hossain told AFP, more than six months after the last group was sent there.
"Navy ships will bring them to the island on Thursday," he added.
"We don't want to go to Bhashan Char," a Rohingya woman told AFP by phone, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
She said a Rohingya community leader in the camps had added her name to a list of people seeking to relocate without her consent.
"If I go to Bhashan Char, I will not be able to go back to Myanmar. I will not go," she added.
One Rohingya community leader, who also asked to remain anonymous, said Bangladeshi authorities had told him and his peers to each provide lists of at least five families to be relocated.
Bhashan Char is 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the Bangladesh mainland and lies at the heart of the Meghna estuary, an area prone to powerful cyclones that have killed around one million people in the last 50 years.
The watchdog said Tuesday that Rohingya leaders were being coerced into persuading camp residents to move to Bhashan Char, including by confiscating their identity documents.