Rohingya in Bangladesh: How their life going on


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Rohingya in Bangladesh: How their life going on

  1. 1.  “I was born in Burma but the Burmese government says I don‟t belong there. I grew up in Bangladesh. But Bangladesh government says, I cannot stay here. As a Rohingya, I feel I am caught between a crocodile and a snake.” -19 years old refugee ,Nayapara camp. Yes, the Rohingya are neither citizen of Burma nor Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi government divided the Rohingya into two categories- recognized refugees living in official camp and unrecognized refugees living in unofficial camps site or among Bangladeshi communities. Now 28,700 refugees reside in two camps of Kutupalung and Nayapara in the south-eastern district of Cox‟s Bazer.
  2. 2.  Accordingly Amnesty International the Muslim Rohingya people have continued to suffer from human rights violation under the Burmese Junta since 1978, and many have fled to neighboring Bangladesh as a result. Every 1 dollar donation, refugee gets 35 cents in Bangladesh. They are like a football being kicked from one to another. Then are not wanted in Myanmar, so as they were not wanted in Bangladesh. Here I try to describe some feature of their life.
  3. 3. In Kutapalong camp, up to 16refugees live in a room thatis 10‟‟ ×10”.The hats madeof filthy plastic and bamboocane. Every year betweenMay and October the Naafriver regularly bursts it‟sbank and flow into thecamp.
  4. 4.  The average household size is 6-7 persons .By the report of WFP „The houses are small, crowded, and inadequate for healthy living‟. ‘ This house is too small for a husband and wife and children and parents and brothers and sisters. Privacy is needed, but not maintained when we all sleep and live in one room’. – 31-40-year-old male refugee in Nayapara,household size of eight. The EEC has offered a fund to provide these people‟s basic needs, but the government has not responded anything.
  5. 5. A recent morality andnutrition survey showed thatacute malnutrition wasprevent in 16˙8% of 6˙59month children, with 2˙85server cases, chronicmalnutrition was present in51˙95% of the children.
  6. 6.  WFP discovered in 2000 year that the refugees were consuming an average of 1600 kilocalories each day. The food economy group calculated that the refugees were getting only 88 % of their ration each week. To buy vegetable, child food, cloths etc, they clandestinely sell rice and lentils stealthily cheap outside the refugee camps.
  7. 7.  The Bangladesh Government do not want the children to be educated in Bengali language. In Kutapalong, mid 1996 the GOB (Government of Bangladesh) formal schooling in some camps. In Naypara camp, it was not until January 2000 when the children could start school. The education levels provided are primary to class five.
  8. 8.  No, I do not feel safe in the camp. I am especially afraid for our young girls. – Woman refugee in Kutupalong, in her thirties. Primary women and children were forced to collect water from walls nearby village but faced regular attacks. There is no sanitation system in both camps women are frequently attacked and raped when they go to latrines or to the forest to collect firewood. View of one Refugees woman “Any where better for us. Even the fire, the sea or desert. It‟s better to kill us”.
  9. 9.  I am happy here in Bangladesh. I am grateful to Bangladesh for giving us shelter. In Burma, we could not sleep because we were always afraid. -refugee women in their 30s in Nayapara camp. More than 50 solar lights have been installed in an effort to improved security, and latrines, bathing cubicles and tube wells have been replaced to UNICHR slandered. WFP has instituted a few vocational training programmers‟ targeting particularly refugees women and girls. More than 1000 adults and adolescents have attended adult literacy classes.
  10. 10.  Refugees involved in different types of anti- social and criminal activities like smuggling, prostitution, and underground politics activities in Bangladesh. Bangladesh‟s Minister of Food and Disasters Management Abdul Razzaq blamed western countries for „keeping the problem alive‟. He also told reporters „This is not possible for a poor country like Bangladesh to increase support to the Rohingya as keeping the problem solve‟.
  11. 11.  1.To provide them with adequate protection, access to livelihood and other basic services. 2.The U.S government, together with other recipient countries should initiate large-scale resettlement programs Rohingya refugees. 3.To immediately cease arrests, push-backs and forced displacement of the unregistered Rohingya population in Cox‟s Bazar and Bandarban Districts
  12. 12.  The Myanmar‟s President gave assurance to Bangladesh‟s President to back the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh after verification by Myanmar‟s‟ authorities. Rohingya prefer to live in Bangladesh than Myanmar. But Bangladesh is no able to carry the burdens of Rohingya refugees. We have to wait to see what will be happen in future?