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Burmese refugees face starvation in Bangladesh

Cox’s
Bazar, Bangladesh: Thousands of Rohingya refugees at an unofficial refugee
camps in Bangladesh are facing starvation and acute malnutrition for their
movement restriction from their camp, Nuru from refugee camp said. “The
situation of political struggled up and down, the security force of Bangladesh
beef up along the border and open more check points. The camps officials
ordered not to go outside the camp and locals are also harassing the refugee
while they went out of the camps.”
“Most
of the refugees were arrested at checked post along the border, when they tried
to go for work for their survival.”
Nearly
200 Rohingya refugees were arrested from different vehicles and areas after
being conducted operation by the Bangladesh authorities along the border under
the Cox’s Bazar district on April 5, according to refugees from unregistered
Kutupalong camp.
Some
families in the unregistered Kutupalong makeshift camp haven’t eaten for days
as they are not able to go outside the camp for their survival and for fear of
arrest by the concerned authorities, refugees said.
Similarly,
the camp authorities of the Kutupalong official camp had already prohibited the
refugees not to go outside the camp without taking permission, official said.
“The
camp officials are not allowing refugees to go out of camps, who will feed them
if they are not going to work, said a refugee committee member.
“We
need some kind’s identification to recognize us as refugee, so we can go to
work safely and no need to us to give any kinds of support.”
They
are not being recognized as refugees by the government of Bangladesh and UNHCR.
The government continues to block international humanitarian aid to support
these people, according to different sources. “If any identification cards
issue to them to work for survive.”
There
is need for food ration for the unregistered Rohingya refugees as they don’t
get any official support from any quarter.
Sources
also said more than 60,000 Burmese Rohingya refugees of Kutuplong makeshift
camp and over 12,000 unregistered refugees of Leda (Tal) are living in the
miserable condition.
The
Burmese Rohingya refugees took shelter in Bangladesh for their safety and to
escape the persecution and harassed by Buddhist community and the concerned
authorities of Burma. But, the Rohingyas face same problems in Bangladesh, said
a politician from border.
Source
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