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UN team satisfied with Bhasan Char facilities: RRRC

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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A United Nations (UN) delegation has expressed satisfaction with the overall measures taken by the Bangladesh government for the forcibly displaced Rohingyas at Bhasan Char in Noakhali.

They expressed their satisfaction at a discussion at the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) office in Bhasan Char on Monday evening after a visit to the area, said RRRC official Nowsher Ibn Halim.

The 21-member delegation comprising officials from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) visited Bhasan Char to assess the humanitarian assistance programme for the Rohinghas on the island.

A Navy ship took the UN officials to the island from Patenga Sea Beach in Chattogram. The UN team has gone to Bhasan Char as the initial work to start the activities. They will stay there for a few days, said Shah Rezwan Hayat, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner.

Nowsher Ibn Halim said UNHCR and WFP officials held talks for about an hour at the RRRC Office.

The meeting was attended by seven UNHCR representatives and Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Moazzem Hossain.

They discussed various issues including food, shelter, education, medical treatment and security of Rohingyas in Bhasan Char, he said adding that “at the meeting, they expressed satisfaction over the overall situation in Bhasan Char.”

Though, the UN initially opposed the relocation of Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar, they recently agreed to change that position and start work for refugees in Bhasan Char following a formal agreement signed on November 9 between the UNHCR and Bangladesh government.