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Families without young members facing trouble in getting relief

Nur Uddin Alamgir and Wahid Rubel, from Cox’s Bazar     19th September, 2017 01:13:55 printer

Families without young members facing trouble in getting relief

Many Rohingya families are passing days in utter miseries as they cannot collect relief materials for having no young members with them.


Although the administration is distributing relief at specific places, there are massive allegations of anomalies in distribution of relief goods.


Last two days of heavy rain coupled with an eviction drive on both sides of the road at Kutupalong in Ukhia upazila multiplied the sufferings of the refugees.


Because of the eviction drive, many refugees were compelled to stay under open sky as they are yet to build makeshift houses or erect tents for lack of money.


While visiting different camps, our correspondent came to know that many refugees, particularly women and children, remain unfed as relief did not reach them.


Rashida Begum, 45, said, “I arrived in Bangladesh with my two little grandchildren and daughter a week ago.”


“Myanmar army picked up my son-in-law from our village at Maungdaw, but he didn’t come back. As the army men started shooting and torched our house at night, we fled here for life,” she said.


“On arrival in Bangladesh after walking a long distance, we reached the camp at Balukhali. We are passing days in utter miseries as no relief is yet to reach us,” she said.


“Those who have young members in family managed to collect relief while others of the same family are engaged in grabbing relief from the same spot,” she alleged.


“As we have no young family member, we cannot collect relief. We remain half-fed eating only a little food provided by individuals. But, it is very tough for us to survive with the scanty food,” said Sabura.


Rashida Begum, 38, who arrived at the camp with two little children, said she attempted several times to get relief from the vehicles, but failed.


“I have been given a token by some people for relief. But, the token has been taken away by a refugee. Now, I have to share food with another family,” she said.


Sara Khatun, 48, entered Bangladesh with her grandchildren and daughter from Shikhalia area in Maungdaw on Thursday.


They managed to erect a makeshift tent with polythene and bamboo.


“But, the administration evicted us as our tent is located beside the road and asked us to build a house in Balukhali area where the government allotted 2,000 acres of land for refugees.”


“We have already spent all the money we got for making the tent. Now, we don’t know where and how we will erect another tent. Now we will have to stay under open sky.”


Many other refugees like Sara were seen roaming here and there in the camp areas for help so that they can manage to erect a tent and collect relief.


Meanwhile, Monday’s rain multiplied sufferings of refugees as they failed to collect relief.


Cox’s Bazar Executive Magistrate Lutfur Rahman told the daily sun that the situation won’t improve until registration of refugees is completed.


“Work on biometric registration is going on at a slow pace. We shall increase booths to complete the task within four months,” he added.


“We are now distributing relief goods to refugees at nine pots in Ukhia and three points in Teknaf,” he said.


“We hope that we will be able to bring discipline in relief distribution within a week,” the magistrate said.


Asked about availability of relief for the huge number of Rohingyas, Cox’s Bazar Additional District Magistrate Khaled Mahmud said relief materials reached from different individuals and organisations are now being distributed to the refugees.


“The refugees may face severe crisis after stoppage of the flow of relief,” Mahmud said.


He stressed the need for continuation of relief from different international NGOs and countries to tackle the situation.