Some 100,000 Rohingyas will be relocated to Bhashan Char, says RRRC additional commissioner
Around 2,200 more Rohingyas are on their way to Bhashan Char in Noakhali from the camps in Cox's Bazar, in the fifth phase of the relocation process.
The Rohingyas began their journey to Bhashan Char in two phases from 1pm to 4:30pm on Tuesday.
They left for Chittagong in 40 buses from various camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas.
Eleven covered vans carrying their belongings, 2 ambulances and 2 empty buses were also seen on the road.
Following the registration of Rohingyas willing to move to Bhashan Char voluntarily, the refugees were brought to the Ukhiya College ground transit camp by minibuses. The authorities examined their health before they commenced their journey.
Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) Additional Commissioner Mohammad Shamsud Douza said: “About 10,000 Rohingyas have moved to Bhashan Char in several phases so far. They are in a much better environment there.”
Some 100,000 Rohingyas would be relocated to Bhashan Char gradually, he added.
It is to be noted that Bangladesh currently hosts over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar.
Most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, in the face of a military crackdown on Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, which the UN called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" and other rights groups labelled a “genocide”.
Bangladesh has called on Myanmar to move forward the stalled process of the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees back to their homes. Meanwhile, international pressure has been mounting on the military leaders in the aftermath of the February 1 coup, which has undercut the refugees' hopes of returning home.