By Tahia Asad of Purple Sheek Media
Authorities in Bangladesh have begun relocating thousands of Rohingya refugees to an isolated island, however, the island’s accommodation is built to contain only a fraction of the Rohingya refugees.
Located 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the mainland, Bhashan Char surfaced only 20 years ago and was never inhabited.
According to contractors, the Rohingya refugees’ island’s infrastructure is like a modern township, with multi-family concrete homes, schools, playgrounds, and roads. It also has solar-power facilities, a water supply system, and cyclone shelters
Although the island’s facilities are built to accommodate 100,000 people, it is still just a fraction of the million Rohingya Refugee Muslims who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar and are currently living in crowded, refugee camps.
The government officials didn’t have an estimate of how many refugees would be willing to be relocated to the island which is where BASMAH still needs your help to provide relief to the Rohingya refugees.
The current refugee camps near the town of Cox’s Bazar are overcrowded and unhygienic. Disease and organized crime are rampant. Education is limited and refugees are not allowed to work.
BASMAH continues to provide these refugees with much-needed support such as
But supplies are scarce and the numbers of refugees needing the above are increasing every day. We need your help now more than ever.
Donate to BASMAH today and help us support the Bangladeshi government respond to the massive humanitarian needs of the Rohingya Refugees.
A brief history on the Rohingya Refugees crisis
The Rohingyas, who numbered around one million in Myanmar at the start of 2017, are one of the many ethnic minorities in the country. Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state
But the government of Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, denies the Rohingya citizenship and even excluded them from the 2014 census, refusing to recognize them as their people. It sees them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
In August 2017, a deadly crackdown by Myanmar’s army on Rohingya Muslims sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.
Rohingyas refugees arriving in Bangladesh said they fled after troops, backed by local Buddhist mobs, responded by burning their villages and attacking and killing civilians.
At least 6,700 Rohingya refugees, including at least 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the month after the violence broke out. Amnesty International says the Myanmar military also raped and abused Rohingya women and girls.
The Rohingyas were described by the UN Secretary as “one of, if not the, most discriminated people in the world”.