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The Rohingya boy who refused to leave his dog behind

Officials listened to the plea of 10-year-old Sohel and his family and let young boy's dog come along to Bhashan Char with them

Update : 16 Feb 2021, 06:02 PM

10-year old boy, Md Shohel has proved again that dogs are man’s best friend.

Shohel is one of the Rohingyas who moved to Bhashan Char in Noakhali from Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday.

The boy was seen carrying his pet dog while boarding the ship to take the dog to Bhashan Char with him, according to media reports.

Shohel has been taking care of the dog for a long time while living at the Kutupalong camp.

Now, when he is going to start his next chapter of life in Bhashan Char, Shohel could not leave his furry friend behind.

While talking to the media, Shohel said: “I've been raising Moti despite our hardship. Now, I want to take him with me to Bhashan Char.”

Before boarding the ship to Bhashan Char officials told Sohel and his family that they can't take the dog along with them. But Sohel's father pleaded to the officials who finally allowed them to board with the dog, who Sohel named 'Moti', according to media reports. 

On Tuesday, Some 1,009 more Rohingyas arrived at Bhashan Char on the second day in the fourth phase of the relocation process.


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On Monday, 2,010 more Rohingyas reached the island in the fourth phase of the relocation process.

In the third phase, more than 3,200 Rohingyas were relocated to Bhashan Char in two days - January 29 and 30.

In the first two phases – December 4 and 29 – some 3,446 Rohingyas were relocated to the island.

Buoyed by the success of the first, second, and third relocation, the government is continuing its effort to relocate some 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char in phases to provide them with a better living place. 

The government has dismissed safety concerns over the island, citing the building of flood defences and other infrastructures.

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

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