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UN agency starts relocating 9,400 Rohingya in Bangladesh

  • Published at 02:53 pm January 15th, 2018
UN agency starts relocating 9,400 Rohingya in Bangladesh
UNHCR and its partners have begun operations to help relocate more than 9,400 Rohingyas who have been living in border locations in Bangladesh for the last few months. The refugees are being relocated to give them more easily access assistance and basic services, said a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The 9,400 Rohingyas from Shap Marar Jhiri and Boro Shon Khola areas of Naikkhanchari in Bandarban district will be assisted in moving to Kutapalong refugee camp over the next few weeks. “These families have been living in fairly isolated areas near the border, where it has been hard to reach and provide proper assistance,” said UNHCR spokeswoman Caroline Gluck. Gluck said: “They did not have access to education or medical facilities. Helping them move to Kutapalong refugee camp will mean that we can provide a full range of assistance.” According to the statement, some 47 families --199 individuals—were moved to Kutapalong on Sunday. The statement said the newly arrived families will be taken to the camp by bus and will be given medical checks and hot meals. Besides, the families will also be provided with emergency relief items and shelter kits. At least 655,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh fleeing the violence which erupted in Myanmar on August 25, 2017.