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203 Buddhists from Rakhine entered Bangladesh in last 5 days

  • Published at 12:03 am February 7th, 2019
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Members of 38 Myanmar families are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh, after fleeing violence in Rakhine state last week Dhaka Tribune

Around 35 families, who were displaced due to fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army in the Chin State, have entered Bangladesh to seek refuge

Around 203 Myanmar nationals have entered into Bangladesh through the Ruma upazila border area, in the last five days, in Bandarban.

Around 35 families, who were displaced due to fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army in the Chin State, have entered Bangladesh to seek refuge.

Locals and community leaders said the Myanmar nationals entered Bangladesh through the Remakree Prangsha border in the Ruma upazila on Tuesday after staying inside tents in the no-man’s land, along the Chaikkhong border since Saturday.

The Myanmar nationals belong to Buddhist ethnic groups Khumi, Khyan and Bawm and Rakhine have taken shelter in temporary tents in bordering Cheihkayingpara and adjoining villages. Locals were spotted providing them with food.

A joint team of the Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) visited the area to observe the situation of the refugee seekers, confirmed BGB Cox’s Bazar Region Commander Brig Gen Zahedur Rahman The upazila administration has also sent a representative team learn about the overall situation. 

Shamsul Alam, UNO of the Ruma upazila, said he was informed by local representatives about the intrusion of the Myanmar nationals.

It was not possible for the upazila administration to send relief to the scene as it takes one day to reach the place on foot, he said.

Meanwhile, security and patrolling has been increased in the Ruma-Myanmar border region due to recent influx of Myanmar nationals. 

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