State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, Dr Md Enamur Rahman, today said that another 80,000 “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals” will be relocated to Bhasan Char in next three months.
“With the help of some local and international NGOs, humanitarian assistance is being provided to their relocation to Bhasan Char,” he said.
The state minister was speaking at a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the country’s disaster management and relief ministry and the UNHCR at the Secretariat as the chief guest.
The MoU was signed to establish a common protection and policy framework for humanitarian response to Rohingya in Bhasan Char, said an UNHCR press release.
The recent assassination of Mohib Ullah, chairman of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, has increased apprehension within the Rohingya refugee camps where tension was already high. The Rohingya have been living in fear due to a combination of unrestrained crimes, rivalry between different groups operating in the camps as well as lax security. Mohib Ullah’s murder has only worsened the situation, with many refugees believing the state of security in camps has gone from bad to worse in recent times.According to a report published by this newspaper on Thursday, armed gangs belonging to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) have created a deep sense of fear in the camps
The MoU is a further expression of the government and people of Bangladesh’s generosity and support toward the Rohingya population until they can return safely and sustainably to Myanmar, it added.
Enamur said that as per recommendations of the Technical and Protection Sub-Committee formed in 2018, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief constructed a total of 1,440 houses and 120 cyclone shelters in Bhasan Char for the accommodation of one lakh forcibly displaced Myanmar citizen under the Ashrayan-3 project.
From December 3, 2020 to April 4, 2021, some 18,846 “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals” from 4,724 families were relocated to Bhasan Char, he added.