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RRRC urges NGOs to encourage Rohingyas to go to Bhashan Char

  • Published at 01:38 pm July 17th, 2021
Rohingya Bhashan Char relocation
File photo: Bangladesh Navy personnel help a disabled Rohingya refugee child to get off from a navy vessel as they arrive at the Bhashan Char island in Noakhali, Bangladesh, December 29, 2020 Reuters

The UN high commissioner on refugee will formally visit Bhashan Char

The refugee relief and repatriation commissioner (RRRC), Shah Rezwan Hayat, has called on NGOs working for refugees to encourage the Rohingyas to go to Bhashan Char.

He made the call during a visit to Rohingya camps No 21 and 22 at Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar recently.

Shadhona Tripura, the in-charge of Camp No. 21, Rahul Chanda, assistant secretary of RRRC’s Office in Cox’s Bazar and executive magistrate, and others were present during the visit.

The RRRC exchanged views with Brac employees at Brac’s WASH program office at Camp No 21 and appreciated different activities taken up under WASH, Shelter and Education Programmes of Brac.

Addressing the occasion, Hayat called upon officials of different NGOs that are working for Rohingyas to persuade the refugees, who are now sheltered at different camps in Cox’s Bazar, to go to Bhashan Char.

He said more Rohingyas in another phase would be sent to Bhashan Char in September. "The UN high commissioner on refugee informed me that he would formally visit Bhashan Char."

"We have to take effective steps so that none can capture the houses, to be vacated by Rohingyas after going to Bhashan Char. Besides, we have to be careful so that no shelter camp is built again by cutting hills," he said.  

Hayat called on all concerned to take necessary steps so that the local people (host community) can use the compost, which is made of perishable goods at the refugee camps.

Md Afsar Ali, the project manager of WASH Programme under Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of Brac; Md Abdus Salam, the senior branch manager of HCMP’s Palongkhali; Tanmoy Das, the coordinator of Camp No 21 of Brac; Md Shamim Ahmed, Brac’s Camp Assistant Technical (Shelter) Specialist; and others were also present on behalf of Brac.

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