A fire in Rohingya camp in Bangladesh makes hundreds homeless

Ms. Khatoon (34) fled Rakhine State in 2017 and gave birth to her second child in the camp. He said he had turned his little hut into his family’s home. Now he said he had nothing to eat with his family and family and nowhere to go.

More than 730,000 Rohingya, mostly Muslim ethnic groups, have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since the murder, rape and arson campaign against them began in 2017. The town of Cox Bazar in South Bangladesh has become home to hundreds of residents. thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing a violent campaign by the Myanmar army. The Rohingya were ruthlessly persecuted by the government and Buddhist mobs who make up the majority in Myanmar.

The settlements there became mega-camps as a huge influx of desperate people fleeing war or persecution continued to trickle. Onno van Manen, the National Director of Child Rescue in Bangladesh, said the fire was another devastating blow to Rohingya Muslims forced to flee their homes. .

Mr Manen said more than one million refugees, half of them children, have been living in cramped camps since 2017, with little freedom of movement, lack of access to education and abuse, including child marriage.

“Simply put, despite the relentless efforts of humanitarian communities, the refugee camp is not fit for a child to grow up,” he said.

Last May, a similar fire was reduced to ashes in more than 400 shelters at the nearby Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox Bazaar. As the population grows and over time, with the construction of new shelters, officials say it is becoming increasingly difficult for firefighters to navigate the slums.

According to Bangladeshi authorities, some camps are trying to reduce the population with a plan to relocate 100,000 people to an island in the Bay of Bengal. Advocacy groups criticized the plan, saying the Rohingya were again forcibly forced to leave their homes.