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MSF: Conditions in Rohingya camps remain precarious

  • Published at 02:44 pm August 21st, 2019
File photo: A group of Rohingya refugee people walk after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Over 1.1 million Rohingyas are currently living in the camps

MSF raised concerns over the fate of Rohingyas, as very little progress has been made to address issues of their legal status and other underlying causes of their exclusion in Myanmar.

“Two years on, there are now better roads, more latrines and clean water points in and around the camps. There is more sense of order. But, conditions in the camps remain precarious and big questions about people’s futures are still unanswered,” Arunn Jegan, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar, said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The statement, issued marking two years of the Rohingya exodus, also said MSF continues to treat tens of thousands of patients a month, performing over 1.3 million consultations between August 2017 and June 2019.

He said: “When I think of the future for the Rohingya, my biggest hope is that they are able to return home safely. Until then, I hope they are afforded greater self-sufficiency, education rights, as well as the legal recognition they deserve. 

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“If these things don’t happen now, I fear the Rohingyas will be in the same situation in another two years, only with even fewer services available to them. Any decrease in aid should only come in tandem with growing self-sufficiency.” 

On August 25, 2017, Myanmar security forces, aided by local Buddhist mobs and people from different ethnic groups, launched a brutal crackdown on Rohingyas in the northern side of Rakhine state, forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to cross over to Bangladesh through Cox’s Bazar.

“The Government of Bangladesh has been accommodating but it’s not their burden to carry alone. This is a regional issue affecting all of Myanmar’s neighbours, as well as an international one. We have to step up and ensure that they aren’t just getting food and water, but a future too”, Arunn Jegan concludes in his statement.

According to the UN, over 1.1 million Rohingyas are currently living the camps.