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Bangladesh indicators U.N. deal to assist Rohingya refugees on island


The Bangladeshi authorities has moved almost 19,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island from border camps

U.N. officers signed a cope with Bangladesh on Saturday to assist present fundamental companies to hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees who’ve been moved to camps on a distant island within the Bay of Bengal.

The Bangladeshi authorities has moved almost 19,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island from border camps regardless of protests by some refugees and opposition from rights teams, who say the low-lying island is susceptible to flooding and storms.

Authorities within the densely populated South Asian nation ultimately need the island to accommodate about 10% of the 1million Rohingya refugees who at the moment reside in ramshackle border camps after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

UNHCR, the U.N. refugee company, mentioned the settlement signed on Saturday allowed for shut cooperation with the federal government on offering companies for the island’s rising refugee inhabitants.


“These cover key areas of protection, education,skills-training, livelihoods and health, which will help support the refugees to lead decent lives on the island and better prepare them for sustainable return to Myanmar in the future,” a UNHCR assertion mentioned.

About 81,000 Rohingya must be dwelling on the island inside three months, Mohammad Mohsin, a senior official on the Ministryof Disaster Management and Relief, instructed reporters after signing the accord.

Refugees in Bhasan Char, a few of whom have protested in opposition to dwelling situations on the island, welcomed UNHCR’s involvement.

“Now we’ll get enough of the assistance that we need,”Mohammed Arman, a Rohingya refugee instructed Reuters by phone.

Residents of the island’s camps have mentioned they face restrictions on motion, no alternatives to earn a livelihood and insufficient healthcare and schooling.

Dozens of individuals died after a fishing boat filled with Rohingya making an attempt to flee the island sank in August.

Some Rohingya have spoken of being coerced to go to Bhasan Char, however Bangladesh says relocation is voluntary and has dismissed security issues – citing the constructing of flood defences, housing for 100,000 folks and hospitals.

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