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Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar rejoice at deal with UN

Now keen on going to Bhasan Char

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar rejoice at deal with UN
Rohingyas living in Kutupalong Camp-2 East and Kutupalong Camp-17 in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar district bring out a joyous procession on Tuesday welcoming the deal on the UN engagement in Bhasan Char to support the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.

The Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar camps rejoiced at the deal on engagement of the United Nations (UN) at Bhasan Char in providing humanitarian support for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals relocated there.

Hundreds of Rohingyas in Kutupalong Camp-2 East and Kutupalong Rohingya Camp-17 in Ukhiya Upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday brought out a joyous rally with banners and placards in their hands.

They chanted various slogans expressing gratitude to the Bangladesh government and welcoming the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at Bhasan Char in Noakhali.

The banners the displaced people carried were inscribed with the words like WELCOME UN, WELCOME UNHCR, THANK YOU UN, WE ARE VERY VERY HAPPY and BHASAN CHAR.

Some Rohingyas said that UN engagement at Bhasan Char will increase the humanitarian services on the island and as a result, their relatives already relocated there now can live happily.

They also expressed the hope that many more Rohingyas will now show interest to live in Bhasan Char following the agreement signed between the Bangladesh government and the global body

At the end of the rally, the Rohingyas in both camps distributed sweets among themselves.

Bangladesh and the UN on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), ending a long wait for a UN engagement at Bhasan Char on humanitarian response to support the Rohingyas relocated there.

The MoU was signed by UNHCR on behalf of the UN agencies working on the Rohingya response in Bangladesh, which establishes a common protection and policy framework for the Rohingya humanitarian response on the island.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said some 18,846 displaced Myanmar nationals from 4,724 families were relocated to Bhasan Char from December 3, 2020 to April 4, 2021.

With a plan to temporarily relocate of 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhashan Char, Bangladesh government built a total of 1,440 cluster houses and 120 shelter houses, four-storey building in Bhasan Char at a cost of around Tk 3,095 crore. These cluster houses have been built in the style of cluster villages.

With these facilities, the Rohingyas relocated in Bhasan Char of Noakhali are living a better life than those in Cox's Bazar camps.