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In pictures: Second batch of Rohingyas moved to Bhashan Char

In the first phase, as many as 1,642 Rohingyas were relocated to the island on December 4

Update : 29 Dec 2020, 11:59 AM

Bangladesh government is continuing its effort to relocate some 100,000 Rohingyas from the congested camps of Cox's Bazar to Noakhali's Bhashan Char in phases to provide them with a better living place.

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As part of its process, some 1,804 more Rohingyas arrived at Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday afternoon.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Five ships of Bangladesh Navy left Chittagong in the morning with the persecuted Myanmar citizens.

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Dhaka Tribune's Photographer Mahmud Hossain Opu travelled with the Rohingyas to the island.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

The second batch of Rohingyas will join 1,645 of their fellow citizens, who were relocated to the island on December 4. Actually, 1,642 Rohingyas arrived in Bhashan Char on that day. Since then, three babies were born to take the number to 1,645.

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Earlier, all the preparations were completed to conduct the relocation under the supervision of the Bangladesh Navy.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Located 34 kilometres from the mainland, the island under Hatiya upazila of Noakhali surfaced 20 years ago and was never inhabited. Contractors say its infrastructure is like a modern township, with multi-family concrete homes, schools, playgrounds and roads. It also has solar power facilities, a water supply system and cyclone shelters.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, amid 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 dubbed as "genocide."

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Bangladesh has been urging the global community to mount pressure on Myanmar for effective repatriation of the Rohingyas.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Repatriation attempts were failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 amid Rohingyas' "lack of trust" on the Myanmar government.

Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune 

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017. On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on "Physical Arrangement," which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

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