© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Bangladesh Navy personnel assist a disabled Rohingya refugee baby to get off from a navy vessel as they arrive on the Bhasan Char island in Noakhali district
By Ruma Paul
DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is transferring 3,000-4,000 extra Rohingya Muslim refugees to a distant Bay of Bengal island over the following two days, two officers mentioned on Sunday, regardless of issues concerning the danger of storms and floods lashing the location.
Dhaka has relocated round 7,000 to Bhasan Char island since early December from border camps in neighbouring Buddhist-majority Myanmar, the place greater than one million refugees reside in ramshackle huts perched on razed hillsides.
The Rohingya refugees will likely be moved to Bhasan Char by ships on Monday and Tuesday, Navy Commodore Rashed Sattar mentioned from the island.
Bangladesh says the relocation is voluntary, however a few of a primary group to be moved spoke of being coerced.
The federal government has dismissed security issues over the island, citing the constructing of flood defences in addition to housing for 100,000 folks, hospitals and cyclone centres.
It additionally says overcrowding in refugee camps fuels crime.
As soon as they arrive on Bhasan Char, the Rohingya, a minority group who fled violence, are usually not allowed to go away the island, which is a number of hours’ journey from the southern port of Chittagong.
Bangladesh has drawn criticism for a reluctance to seek the advice of with the United Nations refugee company and different help our bodies over the transfers.
The U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees says the company has not been allowed to guage the security and sustainability of life on the island.
“The method of transferring the Rohingya will proceed… they’re going there fortunately for higher life,” Mohammad Shamsud Douza, the deputy Bangladesh authorities official in command of refugees, mentioned by cellphone from Cox’s Bazar in southeastern Bangladesh.
“Our predominant precedence is repatriating them to their homeland in a dignified and sustainable approach,” he mentioned.
Bangladesh has referred to as on Myanmar to maneuver ahead the stalled means of voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees, as worldwide stress mounts on the army leaders following a coup, which reduces the refugees’ hopes of returning dwelling.
“I do not see any future for us,” mentioned 42-year-old refugee, who selected to maneuver the island. “The little hope we had of going again to our homeland was damaged after the coup.”
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