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Showing posts with label Rohingya Refugees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rohingya Refugees. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Rohingya refugees welcome US decision to call Myanmar atrocities a genocide

THE GUARDIAN
Alex Hern and agencies
@alexhern
Tue 22 Mar 2022

Refugees ‘very happy’ with declaration, while experts say ‘concrete steps’ must follow

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have welcomed the US move to designate atrocities committed by Myanmar’s military a genocide. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have welcomed the announcement by the US that it considers the violent repression of their largely Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar a genocide.

“We are very happy on the declaration of the genocide; many many thanks,” said 60-year-old Sala Uddin, who lives at Kutupalong camp, one of the many in Cox’s Bazar district that are now home to about 1 million Rohingya.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Indonesia rejects Rohingya refugees, sends boat to Malaysia

Aljazeera
28 Dec 2021

At least 100 people, mostly women and children, on board a wooden vessel said to be taking on water denied refuge.

A boat carries Rohingya people stranded at sea off Indonesia [Aditya Setiawan via Reuters]


Dozens of Rohingya refugees who were intercepted after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province were being sent into Malaysian waters, authorities said.

At least 100 people, mostly women and children, on board a wooden vessel said to be taking on water were denied refuge in Indonesia and instead pushed into the neighbouring Southeast Asian country.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

How Cross-Border Crime Ensnares and Endangers Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

THE I DIPLOMAT
By MD Mufassir Rashid
November 05, 2021

A porous border and a population of desperate refugees are creating a security nightmare in Cox’s Bazar.

As years drag on without any positive developments regarding repatriation, the situation is worsening in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Conflicts among the Rohingya are increasing and various illegal elements are finding their ways into the camps.

On October 23, six people were killed – stabbed and shot dead – in an attack in the camp. That grisly incident followed the murder of a top Rohingya leader, Muhibullah, who was killed in his office. Apart from these major incidents, other crimes are taking places in the camps almost every day. The number of illegal arms is increasing and the camps are being used as a new transit route for Yaba, an illegal drug combining methamphetamines and caffeine. Moreover, gang politics and shadow economies are also on the rise.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Armed groups now a threat to Rohingya refugees

THE NEW STRAIT TIMES
October 28, 2021
Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. -AFP PIC


LETTERS: We condemn the heinous murder of six people in a madrasah in an attack at a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, last Friday.

We abhor the sudden killing sprees in the camps as the authorities could have detected that there were signs of violent groups operating inside.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Bangladesh arrests 16 Rohingya refugees in anti-militant crackdown

Eastern Eye
By: Chandrashekar Bhat
Chandrashekar
11 October, 2021

Members of the Armed Police Battalion stand guard near the office of slain Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah, who was shoot dead by gunmen last month, at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on October 6, 2021. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

BANGLADESH police arrested at least 16 Rohingya refugees in a series of raids on camps in Dhaka after the murder of a top leader of their community last week, officials said on Sunday (10).

Rights advocate Mohib Ullah was gunned down 10 days ago by unidentified assailants outside his office at Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh’s southeast.

His family and fellow community leaders have blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) – a militant outfit behind a series of attacks on Myanmar security posts – saying his growing popularity had enraged the group. ARSA has denied any involvement in the murder.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Rohingya refugees fear for lives after leader's murder in Bangladesh camp

UCA news
Stephan Uttom, Dhaka
Published: October 06, 2021
Rights group calls for urgent measures to protect Rohingya activists and refuge

Human Rights Watch and the Catholic Church have called for the protection of Rohingya refugees and activists in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/UCA News)


Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Bangladeshi authorities and the United Nations to take urgent measures to protect Rohingya refugees and activists facing threats and violence inside refugee camps.

Many have been scared for their lives since unidentified gunmen shot and killed Mohib Ullah, 46, chair of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar on Sept. 29.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Floods bring new misery for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps

UNHCR
Hannah Macdonald and Ehsanul Hoque
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
30 July 2021

Refugee volunteers are working day and night in heavy rain to rescue refugees stranded due to severe flooding in the camps. © UNHCR/BDRCS


Heavy monsoon rains had been falling incessantly for days when Meher Khatun, 60, noticed water starting to come into the bamboo and tarpaulin shelter she shares with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild in a refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District.

Friday, July 9, 2021

EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT ANNOUNCES US$250,000 IN EMERGENCY GRANT FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO DEVASTATING FIRES AT ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMP IN BANGLADESH

 EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT

Photo: UNICEF/UN0431936/Saeed

With new funding, local non-profit BRAC and partners will rebuild learning centers, provide mental health services for vulnerable children and youth, and build back better

6 July 2021, New York – The massive March fires in the Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh took 15 lives and affected more than 61,000 Rohingya refugees. In response to the devastating fires, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) announced today a US$250,000 first emergency response grant that will support non-profit BRAC and other local partners in rebuilding learning centers, and building back better from the tragic disaster that continues to put vulnerable refugee children and youth at risk.

While many major international non-profits and UN organizations have already stepped up their response to the fires, smaller organizations like BRAC lack the funds to fully rebuild.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Rohingya Refugees Protest Over Inadequate Conditions

OWP
The Organisation for World Peace
Madison Smith
June 24, 2021
An estimated 4,000 Rohingya refugees on the remote island of Bhasan Char, off the coast of Bangladesh, have protested their inadequate living conditions and desires to leave the camp during a recent United Nations visit. Protestors were upset at the lack of access to the visiting UN members, and reportedly could not speak to them without the presence of Bangladesh authorities. Local police have reported cases of unruly protestors throwing rocks and breaking glass, damaging warehouses and other properties. In turn, they resorted to using batons to disperse protestors, causing harm to even women and children. The United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern over injuries inflicted on these refugees, as well as dismay over inadequate conditions on the low-lying island, which is susceptible to rising sea levels.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Saudi aid agency helps thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

ARAB NEWS
LAMA ALHAMAWI
June 06, 2021




The center has provided nearly $7 million in support to refugees and families in need. (SPA)


In January alone, it distributed more than 43 tons of food baskets benefiting 9,000 people living in camps in the southern city of Cox's Bazar

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Rohingya Refugees Protest Conditions on Remote Island

THE I DIPLOMAT
June 01, 2021

The protest follows reports that refugees were offered Bangladeshi citizenship to undertake the move to Bhasan Char.

Several thousand Rohingya refugees yesterday staged protests against their relocation to a remote and low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal, as senior United Nations officials paid a visit to the island.

According to one report citing local police sources, the protest involved up to 4,000

                                                                                                             A view of the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

people and coincided with an inspection visit by high-ranking officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR).

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

She fled home to escape violence. Now she's been lost at sea for two months

CNN
By Priyali Sur and Rebecca Wright
April 27, 2021

(CNN)Noor Kayas fled the refugee camp without telling anyone at home.

At sea the next morning, the teenager used a satellite phone to call her mother, Gule Jaan, 43, to say she was heading for Malaysia on a small wooden boat, packed with 87 Rohingya refugees, including 65 women and girls.

Some were fleeing what their families say is the increased risk of sexual assault and rape during the pandemic in the sprawling refugee camps of Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh, home to more than 1 million displaced people.

Monday, April 26, 2021

First Person: Rohingya refugees traumatized again, after devastating camp fire

UN News
Human Rights
25 April 2021
IOM/Mashrif Abdullah Al ,Some shelters have been rebuilt in Camp 9 of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh following a fire in March.

A Rohingya refugee and volunteer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has been telling UN News how his community has been “once again traumatized” as a result of a massive fire which swept through the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh in March, killing at least 11 people and making more than 45,000 homeless.

Mohammad Alam is one of 800,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled unrest in neighbouring Myanmar over the past several years and who are now sheltering in Cox’s Bazar. He told UN News about losing all his possessions in the fire and how he and others are trying to rebuild for the future.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Seeking Refuge in India a Crime? The Rohingya Crimmigration Story

the quint
KARAN TRIPATHI
Published: 08 Apr 2021, 

India’s crimmigration policy dehumanises Rohingyas as security threats, subjecting them to detention & deportation.

Sound sleep has become folklore for Minra Begum. For the past two months, she just can’t put her running thoughts to rest, and rest her head without fear. She doesn’t want to lose sight of her three children, two girls and one boy, as they sleep quietly lying next to her. A moment of slumber, just a blink, she believes, might separate her from her children forever.

Minra Begum is haunted by the fate of her aunt Husseina, an 85-year old partially blind woman, who was picked up by the police on 21 January 2021. As Husseina was escorted to a police van by three officers, all men, the plea of her 26-year-old son fell on deaf ears. Minra was aware of her aunt’s destination; after all, that’s where they took her father 11 years ago. But, she still asked, with a quivering voice, “why are you taking her, she’s so old, she has a family... where are you taking her.”

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Fire becomes new fear for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

DW
Author Arafatul Islam
07.04.2021

Several deadly fire incidents in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh over the past several weeks point to a "very worrying trend," say experts.




A Rohingya refugee stands among the remains of burnt materials after a fire broke out recently at a camp in Cox's Bazar

Three Rohingya men died after a fire gutted shops at a makeshift market near the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh's southeastern Cox's Bazar district on Friday.

Their bodies were found in one of 20 shops burned after the fire broke out before dawn at the market near the Kutupalong refugee camp.

AFTER RAGING FIRES, FUTURE OF ROHINGYA REFUGEES REMAINS UNCERTAIN

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
April 6, 2021


























Last month, a massive fire swept through the largest refugee camp in the world in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where nearly one million Rohingya refugees live. The fire took 15 lives and burned down thousands of shelters and health facilities, leaving more than 45,0000 people displaced.


Our teams met Ismael, 35, in the middle of the crowds and confusion. Ashes and burned debris are all we could see. His eyes fixed on the horizon, Ismael told one of Action Against Hunger’s psychosocial workers: "I was in the tea shop when I heard a fire broke out. How many more times I may witness my shelter being burnt down to ashes..."

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rohingya refugees to speak on their aspirations

Dhaka Tribune
Atikur Rahman
March 28th, 2021
File photo of Rohingya refugees getting briefed about their stay at Bhashan Char after relocating there from the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, on Friday, December 4, 2020 Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan/Dhaka Tribune

The webinar will take place at 3pm on the Brac University Centre for Peace and Justice Facebook page

The Brac University Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) is set to organize a webinar featuring speeches from five of CPJ's Rohingya research volunteers on Monday, March 29, 2021.

The webinar will focus on the strengths and aspirations of Rohingya refugees, who were forced to flee their homes due to violent persecution. The discussion will also feature refugees speaking on their thoughts for the foreseeable future, and includes direct information from Rohingya camp residents working closely on relief efforts.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Rohingya refugee camp burns, displacing 45,000

MISSION NETWORK NEWS
By Kevin Zeller
March 26, 2021

Bangladesh (MNN) — A deadly fire engulfed a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh earlier this week. The blaze killed at least 11 people. Hundreds more went missing, meaning the true death toll could be much higher. The United Nations has released 14 million dollars for relief efforts. Read more and see pictures of the destruction here and here.

UN emergency fund allocates $14 million for Rohingya refugees left homeless by massive fire

UN News

25 March 2021
Migrants and Refugees
UNICEF/Salman Saeed On 23 March, a ten-year-old child stands amidst debris at the Kutupalong refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. Behind him, the fire still burns, a day after the massive blaze tore through the camp.


The United Nations’ top relief official on Wednesday released $14 million in emergency funding to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of Rohingya refugee families, after a massive fire ripped through the Kutupalong camp in southern Bangladesh, earlier this week.

Friday, March 26, 2021

UN releases US$14 million for Rohingya refugees left homeless by camp fire

CERF
Central Emergency Response Fund
News and Press Release
Source :OCHA
25 Mar 2021

(New York, 24 March 2021): UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock today released US$14 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide urgent shelter and other assistance to tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees after a devastating fire tore through the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh — the world’s largest refugee camp — on 22 March.

Estimates indicate that the fire displaced more than 45,000 mostly Rohingya refugees, originally from neighbouring Myanmar, with many more affected. A hospital and other critical health, nutrition and education structures were destroyed.
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