New homes with new hopes of survival are being built everyday in the Rohingya refugee camps dotting this southern district, with the unabated arrival of more Myanmar nationals fleeing mindless violence in their country, as countries deliberate on what measures can be reasonably applied.
Jaan-e-Alam, 32, a Myanmar national, used to work in Cox's Bazar as a driver. His family used to live in Myanmar and he kept visiting them at times. Historically, boundaries in the region have been porous, and that seems to play into the Rakhine Buddhists' characterisation of the Rohingya as interlopers.
In the ongoing spell of anti-terror crackdown, hundreds of thousands have come streaming in with little but their survival to show for incidents that took place in Myanmar. Like many of the newer arrivals, Jaan-e-Alam and his family are now residents of the M-2 Block, a new camp rising over a hill in Balukhali.
Jaan-e-Alam's wife Ayesha and their four children walked for five to six days and reached Bangladesh '10 to 12 days ago'. That would actually still count as one of the later arrivals, after Myanmar army officers started anti-terror operations in northern Rakhine on August 25. Most of the early arrivals have already started receiving relief goods and food. Alam's family have not received any except some plastic (tarpaulin) to build a makeshift home, Alam said.
A woman identifying herself only as Johra, carrying three children, reached the camp two days ago and found her father in this camp, preparing a piece of land for a makeshift dwelling inside M-2 Block. But one hardly gets the chance to dwell on such serendipities living in a refugee camp.
Many more newly arrived Rohingya families are setting up their makeshifts in this block above the hill while many of them have not received any registered card for reliefs. Meanwhile, although mostly fans of Mujib were still` waiting to be built. A mosque has been set up in the block where some men were offering their prayers with the imam.
A group of locals came and gave money for the mosque and also gave the Rohingyas some money to buy food, said Alam, who is also working as the volunteer of the block.
But the Rohingya will knuckle down and bear this cost, as long as the horrors they fled back home at the hands of their feared military, the Tatmadaw, are allowed to persist in the state of Rakhine.