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New dam kills two kids, destroys refugees’ shack

The dead-bodies and family in camp
KPN News 
July 3, 2013

Kutupalong,
Bangladesh
: A dam had built recently in Kutupalong unregistered refugee camp,
near block no.D2 which killed two kids and more than two shacks destroyed on
July 1 and July 3, according to refugee committee member.


Two refugee kids
drowned in a dam on July 1, at about 1:30pm, according to Rahamad Ullah , the
father of the kids.

The two kids are
two brothers – Faroque (5) and Jashim (4) – drown in the dam where most of the
refugee kids are playing.

The dam was built
recently by the local near the camp without taking permission from concerned
authority, no meeting with  refugees who
are living there and most of the kids play around the camp as they have no
playground, no school, said Amin, a refugee committee from the camp.
one side of new dam
in the camp

“The local did not
fence the dam to protect the kids playing around the dam. The dam was built
near the camp which is danger for kids for falling into dam and drown.”

The concerned
authority still did not take any action to the dam owner after drowned of two
kids and no one was interested about the death of the refugee kids even the
working INGOs– UNHCR, MSF and ACF – in the camp. The kids are not registered
refugees, but they seeking asylum for life security as their lives are danger
in their home land, according to a watchdog group of refugee along the border.

Besides, the dam
has given the refugee very danger for their living in the camp, especially in
the raining season, the water become 
high in the camp as the local built dam which block the raining water,
destroyed the miserable condition of refugees’ shack and now the refugee had no
shacks to take shelter in the raining season. No one had provided any things –
housing, foods and other things which are most important for human being- and
refugees tried to maintain their needs by themselves, the watchdog add.

The refugee’s shack
destroyed by dam water

“More than two
shacks were destroyed by the dam water on July 3 and will effect more in the
future if the dam will not open or the refugees must move to high land. The
authority had no sign for these refugee to do better in the raining season.”