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Rohingya arrival continues amid repatriation initiative

  • Published at 08:20 pm February 22nd, 2018
Rohingya arrival continues amid repatriation initiative
Rohingyas are still arriving in Bangladesh every day even though the process of sending them back to Myanmar began recently. They are entering through different points of Naf River in Teknaf upazila, Cox's Bazar. Although the influx has slowed down compared to last year, the arrivals still continue. The Rohingyas who recently arrived in Bangladesh said the Myanmar army stopped crackdown but those still living in Rakhine are almost held hostage. Having been famished for days, many of them are fleeing to Bangladesh. Marium Khatun, a Rohingya woman who fled to Bangladesh crossing over Teknaf waters and took shelter at a transit camp in Ukhiya's Kutupalong area, said: “Those who are still in Rakhine do not get food. The army has stopped torture on us but imposed restrictions on our movement. The men are not allowed to move out of home, let alone go to markets. That's why we have fled to Bangladesh.” Rohingya men Dudu Miah and Abdul Kader, who took shelter in the transit camp, said the villages in Rakhine state are not yet safe for them even after the Myanmar government signed a deal and pledged to make a congenial atmosphere. They alleged they were not allowed to work. They were taken for work but denied pay. Finding no other way they fled to Bangladesh, said the Rohingya men. On November 24, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Rohingya repatriation. Later, both of the countries formed a joint working group. On February 16, Dhaka handed over a list of 8,032 Rohingyas to Naypyidaw to start the first phase of repatriation. The two countries held a meeting on February 20 at a camp in Myanmar's Rakhine state on sending back the Rohingyas who were staying in the no man's land. However, none of these efforts have stopped the arrival of Rohingyas. More than 2,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh in the last 22 days and taken refuge at the two camps of Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas. Md Delwar Hossain, official at Sabrang Hariakhali relief centre of Teknaf, said some 303 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in the last two days. The freshly arrived Rohingyas were first taken to the Jariakhali relief centre. Then they were sent to the camps in Teknaf and Ukiya. He said Rohingyas kept entering Bangladesh through various points every day. The biometric registration is not complete yet in Teknaf and Ukhiya camps as Rohingyas keep arriving. The newly arrived Rohingyas are brought under registration list at the assistance of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). Maj Gen Md Masud Rezwan, director general of the Department of Immigration and Passports, said the biometric registration of Rohingyas is at the final stage. “Since Rohingyas are still coming, we cannot end the registration. The registration will play a vital role in the repatriation of the Rohingyas,” he added.