'From Thursday we will start registration at Noyapara camp. With just four booths, we registered 800 in just Kutupalong camp'
Sources have said that the Rohingya refugee registration and accommodation process is running slow due to a lack of logistics support and expertise, as well as because the refugees are unaware of how to registration procedures.
During the first three days, the government has completed the registration of 800 refugees at Kutupalong. However, only four booths were being used for biometric registration at the camp since the government began the initiative on Monday.
Registration officials said that greater logistics support, including additional spaces and computer setups, would speed up the process and as much is expected from next week.
In addition, the officials said that a lack of knowledge of the process on the part of the refugees was also proving a hindrance. Many queued for biometric registration but did not wait in line long enough to complete it, as they were unaware that it only takes 4-5 minutes per person.
Furthermore, many refugees said they were unaware of the registration process when asked, while others said they were aware but did not know where to register or why to register.
Locals suggested that the placement of sign-boards in the Rohingya language would make refugees lives easier, as they were suffering from a lack of instruction on not just in registration, but also for collection of food and medicine.
Teknaf Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Zahid Hossain Siddique confirmed to the Dhaka tribune that such signposts and instruction would be a major help for refugees, however there were no such instructions from the government at the moment.
Meanwhile, Cox’s Bazar Assisstant Commissioner and Executive Magistrate AKM Lutfor Rahman said that registration would speed up once they began the process in two more camps, hopefully within seven or eight days.
“From Thursday we will start registration at Noyapara camp. With just four booths, we registered 800 in just Kutupalong camp,” he said, adding that a lack of electricity and infrastructure at the other camps meant registration could not begin sooner.
Around 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25, after insurgent attacks on security outposts triggered a renewed military crackdown in the Rakhine state.