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Rohingya refugee family killed in UN-run refugee camp

By The Stateless Rohingya

A newly arrived Rohingya refugee family was killed in a fire at UN-run Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on January 12, 2017.

The family tragically lost a mother and three young daughters. The deceased family is identified as Nur Saba, 30, wife of Abdur Rahim and her daughters – 8 years old Amin Sharif, 5 years old Dil Shan Bibi, and one and half year old Anjuman.

The fire erupted from a candle in a tent and subsequently spread to the shed where the family took refuge at 3:30AM local time.

“Seven people were severely burnt. They were shifted to a Red Crescent field hospital where two people died last night and another two died this morning,” said Ikram Elahi Chowdhury, a head of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

It is only a week that the family fled Myanmar and took shelter in a transit centre, Cox’s Bazar district.

The tragedy highlights the plight of Rohingya refugees who flee their native country from the state-sponsored genocide in the hope of sanctuary in the neighbouring country, and tragically lost lives in a preventable disaster.

Over 657,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh, more than 12,000 Rohingya were killed including children and women, at least 360 Rohingya villages were burnt and hundreds of Rohingya women were raped and sexually harassed by Myanmar Armed Forces since the campaign of genocide unfold on August 25, 2017.

Many of these refugees now face the forced repatriation to the country where the wounds of genocide are still fresh, the nightmares of crimes against humanity still haunts and the family like Nur Saba continues to flee while the world seems fine sending back them to the hands of genocidaires in Myanmar.

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