Law enforcement officials are struggling to bring all the Rohingya people to the government authorised camp at Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar.
Since August 25, at least 400,000 Rohingya, mostly women and children, have entered Bangladesh fleeing persecution in their homeland, Myanmar. They are currently staying in different parts of the bordering district.
Bangladesh has allocated a 2,000-acre forestland in Ukhiya to provide temporary shelter for the refugees. To encourage the refugees gather to the designated area, the district administration is preventing relief distribution in any place other than Kutupalong and Balukhali.
On Friday, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Chris Lom told a joint press briefing of IOM and UNHCR that his organisation was providing materials to refugees to build shelters in the designated land.
Rohingya refugees have built seven slums in Ukhiya, Teknaf and Naikhongchhari. Many are staying at roadsides.
Additional Superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police Afrujul Haque Tutul said: “RAB, police and BGB members are struggling round the clock to gather the scattered Rohingya people to the authorised place and support them in every way possible. Nine check posts, 12 patrol teams of law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies are working to prevent any unexpected event in the areas.”
Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md Ali Hossain said: “800 metric tons of food and relief worth Tk32 lakh have been distributed among the Rohingya people till Friday night. Besides, 19 mobile medical camps have been set up in the government authorised 2,000-acre land.”
Myanmar Army started an ‘anti-terror operation’ against Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a government-listed terrorist organisation in Myanmar, in Rakhine state on August 25 which has been termed as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also the democratic leader of Myanmar, has been widely criticised across the world for her silent over the persecution of the Rohingya.