Rohingya: The rebels stressed that their truce ends on Monday night
Oct 09 2017
At close to 700,000 people, this will become the world's largest refugee camp. Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, minister for disaster management and relief, said all the Rohingya would eventually be moved from 23 camps along the border and other makeshift camps around Cox's Bazar to the new zone.
We need to deal with this issue more realistically. "Slowly all of them will come", the minister told AFP, adding families were already moving to the new site known as the Kutupalong Extension.
Last month, wild elephants trampled two refugees to death and Rahman said more such encounters appeared inevitable as more forest is destroyed.
An estimated 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees are arriving in Bangladesh daily, joining over half a million others who have made the journey. The United Nations has praised Bangladesh's "extraordinary spirit of generosity" in opening up its borders.
IMO said it appealed this week to nations for 120 million dollars through March to provide desperately needed aid to the Rohingya refugees who have flooded into Cox's Bazar over the past six weeks.
In a statement released on its Twitter account, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said its unilateral truce would end at midnight on Oct 9.
"The break humanitarian has been decided upon in order to allow humanitarian actors to assess and respond to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state", the current Rakhine State in western Burma, according to a press release.
The refugee crisis erupted after ARSA raids on Myanmar police posts on August 25.
In 2014 Dhaka banned marriages between Bangladeshis and Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim refugees following claims that members of the persecuted community were attempting to Wednesday to gain citizenship in the mainly Muslim nation.
Rohingya refugees and rights groups have accused the army of setting the fires with the help of Buddhist vigilante mobs.
The minister announced his visit about a week after Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw agreed to establish a joint working group soon to repatriate Rohingya people who have crossed into Bangladesh.
Our country has taken in refugees in the hundreds of thousands, providing them with much-needed aid - with the help of various third parties and NGOs - where almost every other neighbouring country has been hesitant in doing so.