Friday, 24 November 2017

New arrival Rohingya migrants are feeling insecurity in Bangladesh because they have no shelter, food, clothing and medical care in proper way, Shakera Bibi said who fled to Bangladesh from Burma.

New arrival Rohingya migrants are struggling for their livelihood while they are facing acute food crisis. Besides, some of the women are still suffering with pain because of Burmese army’s assaults. They hope they will get proper medical treatment, but in vain, she added.

Shakera Bibi (35), wife of Mohamed Rohim, hailed from Kyet Yoe Pyin (Kiyari Prang) village, Maungdaw north, along with her family members fled to Bangladesh on November 28. They are living at Mousani Para village (local area) under the Teknaf police station of Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, she more said.

They came to Bangladesh from Burma because the Burmese military and Border Guard Police (BGP) torched their houses and arrested her husband Rohim and took away on November 19. They don’t get any information of her husband so far, she more added.

Shakera Bibi says, “I believe my husband was killed by slaughtering or shooting by the Burmese military or Border Guard Police.”

She also says “It is very difficult to me to maintain 9-family member here, as I’ve no alternative away.”

Another woman Khotiza (30), wife of Abdul Hashim, hailed from Boro Gozobill (Yai Khut Chang Khwa Son) village of Maungdaw north, and has 12-family member. She fled to Bangladesh with five family members after leaving seven members in Arakan. So far, she doesn’t know the other remaining members’ situation.

Her husband was arrested and took away by the Burmese military and Border Guard Police (BGP) in early November. She doesn’t know whether her husband is still alive or dead, she added.

Khotiza along with other villagers of Kyet Yoe Pyin villages crossed Burma-Bangladesh border on November 25, at midnight. Her family members are suffering from starvation now. 

Similarly, one new arrival Rohingya migrant oldman living in the Kutupalong makeshift refugee said, “I am the only breadwinner in my family. We are seven people, but some family members arrived from Myanmar last week so now we are 15 people living in the same small hut. We did not have any food this morning. I only own two longyis – I gave one to my cousin, I am wearing the only clothes I own.”

Another 40-year-old woman, had fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar army killed her husband and one of her sons, was not able to find shelter in the camp in Bangladesh for herself and her two young children, “We are sleeping outside in the mud,” she said. “My son is two years old and is crying all the time, he is very cold in the mornings. Still, compared to Myanmar, Bangladesh seems like heaven to me.”

“The Bangladeshi government must not add to the suffering of Rohingya. They should be recognized and protected as refugees fleeing persecution, not punished for who they are,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

However, in the same way, many new arrival Rohingya migrants are facing problems and struggling with their lives in border areas, according to different sources.