The biometric registration centre in Ukhiya-Kutupalong Rohingya camp was found empty since this morning due to heavy rain and adverse weather.
While some Rohingya refugees have registered, officials believe the centre may see a crowd in the afternoon.
Major Reza, coordinator for the Ukhiya-Kutupalong Rohingya camp biometric registration centre, blamed weather conditions for the depreciating number of refugees at the centres. He confirmed more than six thousand Rohingya men and women have been registered till date, hoping the number will increase.
A rumour, about registered Rohingya to be sent back to Myanmar, made many hesitant to turn up for registration | Dhaka Tribune
Rohingya Shafiullah, Sajeda Khatun and Rahima Bibi, who were waiting outside the registration centre, also blamed the unpleasant weather for the reducing number of refugees at the centre. They also said a rumour spread across the camps – about registered Rohingya to be sent back to Myanmar soon – caused hesitance among the people to turn up at the centres.
Bangladesh government initiated the biometric registration system on September 11, to ensure the accurate number and identity of the Rohingya. Tiger IT has provided its technical support to the Department of Immigration and Passports to facilitate the process.
There are six centres in Kutupalong and four centres in Teknaf, Nayapara which are currently active. Another 15 to 20 centres are yet to become operational in Balukhali. The Kutupalong centre is only limited to registering 250 to 350 Rohingya per day.
A Myanmar military response to insurgent attacks last month in the country’s Rakhine state sent more than 410,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing.
Bangladesh government has begun registering the Rohingya, however looking at the speed of enrolment, conscious sections fear registrations may not even be completed by the end of next year.