Some 1,718 Rohingyas out of around 3,000, who have gathered at the no-man’s land of Anjumanpara in Ukhia upazila to cross the border, entered Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon.
In-charge of Palongkhali Border Guard Bangladesh camp Aminur Rahman said they allowed 1,718 Rohingyas, who fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state, to enter Bangladesh while the rest, who were staying at the no-man’s land, will be permitted to cross the border on Friday.
About 3,000 new forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals have gathered at the no-man's land of Angumanpara of Palongkhali union of Ukhia upazila since Wednesday afternoon to enter the Bangladesh territory.
Visiting the border area on Thursday morning, this UNB correspondent found the Rohingyas sitting on the walkways of the paddy fields while some were drinking water and taking bath in the dirty and unhygienic water of a canal.
Some of the aid workers were found busy distributing light and dry food since the morning though it was inadequate comparing to the new wave.
The new arrivals shared the same horrible stories of killing, rape and oppression by the Myanmar army and painful journeys to come to the border area. They alleged that they were treated there like a dog.
Some elderly Rohingya people and children were in more vulnerable situation as they are living under open space without shed or tents.
They have been excreting in the canal fully filled with human waste as there was no toilet.
“We started our journey with four members along with my wife and two children. But I lost my wife on the way. It took eight days to reach here through forest and hills on foot," Nur Mohammad, 38, a resident of Buchidhong township in Rakhine’s Baghghona area, told UNB.
Jamela, mother of six children, accompanied by her husband Mohammad Ali, said, "It took seven days to reach the zero line. Throughout the whole journey, we remained scared of being killed or getting raped by the Myanmar army. We came here to live. But we are not allowed to enter the camps."
Another Rohingya man Mohammad Jubayer, hailing from Panjing village of Buchidhong, said, "I along with my four other family members arrived here walking all the way. It was a horrible and cumbersome journey. But we are now happy as we reached here safely.”
“Our relatives who fled Myanmar and are now staying in the Rohingya camps told us about the hospitality of the Bangladesh authorities. Hence, we decided to leave hell-like Myanmar,” Jubayer said while talking to UNB.