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Dhaka Tribune

This is getting out of hand

Haven’t the Rohingya suffered enough?

Update : 20 Apr 2023, 10:58 AM

With a series of fires already having threatened to burn the capital city down over the past few months, a similar trend can now be witnessed in Cox's Bazar's Rohingya camps, as at least a hundred shelters were made ashes in Teknaf on Tuesday night.

While no casualties were reported, this incident is just one of many which point to the refugee situation becoming utterly unsustainable for Bangladesh moving forward.

The Cox Bazar camps had already witnessed a fire a little over a month ago, a fire that left 12,000 people without a home as over 2,500 shelters were razed as well as damaging 90 critical facilities including hospitals.

Haven't the Rohingya suffered enough?

Even though investigations have found that foul play was involved with Tuesday's fire, concluding it as an act of sabotage, if such a large number of shelters could be razed to the ground in under an hour, it is clear that the camps were not exactly built with structural integrity in mind.

The conditions in these camps are just not fit for human habitat over such prolonged durations. The administration must understand that, while the Rohingya refugees are on our side of the border, their safety is Bangladesh's responsibility, and as such should be afforded the utmost care when it comes to the structural integrity of their living spaces.

However, the real issue here is, and always has been, the consistent inaction from Myanmar and indeed the international community with regards to the repatriation of the million-plus Rohingya currently residing in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

It has been far too long since the Rohingya were violently displaced by the genocide committed against them in Rakhine by the Myanmar government, and it is high time that genuine steps were made to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of the refugees back to their homeland.

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