More than 1,200 Rohingyas from 500 families living in camps in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar will be shifted to Bhasan Char in the first week of December.
The decision was taken in an internal meeting at the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) Office in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.
According to multiple sources at RRRC, the office has finalized the process of relocating about 500 Rohingya families to Bhasan Char in the first phase. The number of members of these 500 families is more than 1,200.
Although the date has been changed from December 3 due to weather conditions, Rohingyas will be taken to Bhasan Char in the first week of December. Moreover, 23 local NGOs will also accompany them.
Additional RRRC Md Shamsu Douza said their office is always ready to send Rohingyas to Bhasan Char. However, he was unable to provide any information on when, how, and how many Rohingyas will be shifted to Bhasan Char.
“The RRRC office is working to send Rohingyas to Bhasan Char on the instructions of the government,” Md Shamsu added.
A source in the RRRC office said: “A group of Rohingya leaders has already visited Bhasan Char. Although some of the Rohingya leaders disagreed, most of the Rohingya leaders and ordinary Rohingyas were ready to go to Bhasan Char.”
Meanwhile, a new list demanding food and non-food items for relocating Rohingyas to Bhasan Char has been added to the official website of RRRC on Tuesday.
Various NGOs have also asked the government to submit projects (food and non-food) to conduct possible assistance activities after the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char.
On November 16, a 32-member delegation of officials from 22 NGOs visited Bhasan Char and said that a very conducive environment has been created for the Rohingyas to live there.
There are adequate measures to deal with disasters, including their comfortable living and livelihood. Bhasan Char will be much better than the way the Rohingyas are living in Cox’s Bazar at present, said the delegates.