Burmese refugees face starvation in Bangladesh

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Thousands of Rohingya refugees at an unofficial refugee camps in Bangladesh are facing starvation and acute malnutrition for their movement restriction from their camp, Nuru from refugee camp said. “The situation of political struggled up and down, the security force of Bangladesh beef up along the border and open more check points. The camps officials ordered not to go outside the camp and locals are also harassing the refugee while they went out of the camps.”

“Most of the refugees were arrested at checked post along the border, when they tried to go for work for their survival.”

Nearly 200 Rohingya refugees were arrested from different vehicles and areas after being conducted operation by the Bangladesh authorities along the border under the Cox’s Bazar district on April 5, according to refugees from unregistered Kutupalong camp.

Some families in the unregistered Kutupalong makeshift camp haven’t eaten for days as they are not able to go outside the camp for their survival and for fear of arrest by the concerned authorities, refugees said.

Similarly, the camp authorities of the Kutupalong official camp had already prohibited the refugees not to go outside the camp without taking permission, official said.

“The camp officials are not allowing refugees to go out of camps, who will feed them if they are not going to work, said a refugee committee member.

“We need some kind’s identification to recognize us as refugee, so we can go to work safely and no need to us to give any kinds of support.”

They are not being recognized as refugees by the government of Bangladesh and UNHCR. The government continues to block international humanitarian aid to support these people, according to different sources. “If any identification cards issue to them to work for survive.”

There is need for food ration for the unregistered Rohingya refugees as they don’t get any official support from any quarter.

Sources also said more than 60,000 Burmese Rohingya refugees of Kutuplong makeshift camp and over 12,000 unregistered refugees of Leda (Tal) are living in the miserable condition.

The Burmese Rohingya refugees took shelter in Bangladesh for their safety and to escape the persecution and harassed by Buddhist community and the concerned authorities of Burma. But, the Rohingyas face same problems in Bangladesh, said a politician from border.

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