Monday, 06 July 2020

Teknaf, Bangladesh: A foreign NGO named Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief from Turkey(IHH) distributed food items among undocumented refugees in a makeshift camp on August 20, said a Majee from the camp.

The rations were provided by IHH and distributed to the makeshift (Tal) Dum Dum Meah camp through Majees. The security forces of Bangladesh also gave cooperation in ration distribution.

Rice, pulses and edible oil and salt were distributed by representatives of IHH, where it gave 10 kilograms of rice, 375 gm of pulses and 1.5 liter of edible oil and 250 gm of salt per family.

The rations were distributed to the Dum Dum Meah makeshift camp, which is in Cox's Bazaar district, Bangladesh south. Over 10,000 refugees are now living in the makeshift camp.

"I am very happy to receive rations, as we have been suffering since long with the scarcity of ration.  But, this make us a bit advantage for our family," a woman named Salma Khatun (30) said from the camp.

Another refugee Sultan Ahmed (55) said, “I am very glad after receiving rations. Something is better than nothing."

The NGO distributed rations among 2,200 refugee families of makeshift camp. The distribution was started at about 3: 30 pm and finished at around 6:30pm.

The camp is 800 meters long by 30-50 meters wide. It is situated on the bank of the Naf River and next to the main road between Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar, 7 km north of Teknaf town. The area of the current Tal camp is totally inappropriate and insufficient for this number of people, especially given its unfortunate location between the water and the road.

The delegation of the NGO also went to a stream in the forest nearby makeshift camp to supply clean water to the makeshift camp.