Too often, we have seen the inability to nip unrest in the bud lead to nefarious parties being emboldened
We firmly agree with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen that the current situation in the Rohingya camps must be resolved as soon as possible, and to that end, local authorities and law enforcement agencies must take firm action to improve law and order.
While news that the police have, so far, detained eight people over the recent attack on a madrasa in the camps that left at least six dead gives some reassurance, the larger story here is that, following this attack and the murder of Rohingya leader Mohibullah not too long ago, there is unease and volatility in the camps that must be extinguished as soon as possible.
The fact that 25 Rohingya refugees have been murdered over the past one year is alarming to the extreme, more so because these camps are supposed to be safe spaces for these refugees who had to suffer through unimaginable horrors back home at the hands of the Myanmar army.
This lack of safety in the camps also paints Bangladesh in a bad light, and threatens to devalue all the good work that has been done to shelter the Rohingya and provide them with the refuge that their own country could not.
Too often, we have seen the inability to nip unrest in the bud lead to nefarious parties being emboldened and encouraged to do even more harm, and scale up to the point where the situation gets out of hand.
As such, the authorities concerned have an obligation to improve the current condition of the camps, and put an end to any and all incidents of violence that continue to exist, along with identifying those who are instigating unrest in the camps. Failure to do so threatens not only the safety of the Rohingya within the camps, but also the safety of Bangladesh as a whole.