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Leaving Kutupalong, the Rohingyas are crossing the sea in search of new shelter, why?

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The boat is running in the ocean. The situation is drowned by the stormy waves. To the sailors of the sea, this wave is like a rolling tide. But this boat is not out fishing. Running for shelter. Many families are sitting in piles on the boat. The dream of a new shelter in the eyes. Fear attacks every moment in that dream.

Myanmar Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh have been seen crossing the sea in wooden boats for quite some time now. The destination is the port of Aceh, Indonesia. This Aceh province is located on the northern tip of Sumatra. The distance of the port from Bangladesh is about 2 thousand kilometers.

They lived in Rakhine, Myanmar. He was under the fire of the country’s government for a long time. It was difficult for these people of the Muslim community to survive there after torture and oppression. He kept fleeing to the neighboring country of Bangladesh. The Economist says that 750,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in 2017.

Kutupalong is currently the largest refugee camp in the world. One million Rohingya live here. Now they are trying to escape from here too. They are talking about lack of security and food crisis as one of the reasons.

The Economist says, reality also proves the truth of these allegations. First world humanitarian organizations began to provide aid one after the other. In 2017, 345 million US dollars came in aid for the Rohingyas who came to Bangladesh. But as the years went by, that support began to dwindle.

This year, the World Food Program (WHO) announced that they will no longer spend US$12 per month for each resident of Kutupalong. From now on everyone will get a ration of USD 10 per month. This reduced the aid by 56 million dollars.

Although the children benefited to some extent from the earlier assistance, this time there is no longer that opportunity. In the meantime, malnutrition has appeared in their bodies.

Apart from this, there are several other problems in the Rohingya camp, according to the Economist report. A tent made of bamboo and canvas is not suitable for living for long. In the meantime it has become a slum. Due to this, unhealthy environment has increased. Two fifths of the camp are suffering from scabies.

Apart from this, there is a lack of security in Kutupalong. Prostitution and child marriage are on the rise in the camps. A rebel gang has formed. Kidnapping and rape are happening one after the other. Since the beginning of this year, killings have been happening. Most of the time these gangs target Rohingya leaders. At least 16 people were killed in various attacks on the camp in the first 6 months of this year. It is alleged that those in charge of security are indirectly supporting these killings in exchange of money.

And for these reasons, the Rohingyas do not want to stay in the camp anymore. A 36-year-old Rohingya named Abdur Rahman decided to leave this camp with his family last month. He and some of his relatives decided to go to Malaysia with $3,000.

When they went ashore on November 21 to board a boat, there were another 300 Rohingya. They all came here to go to Malaysia or Indonesia. Most of them are single women. But the next day an armed gang intercepted them. A ransom was also demanded at this time. Later the police rescued them. was brought to the camp. Abdur Rahman says that the people of that gang may attack them again.

A group of Rohingya after landing at Aceh port in Indonesia recently.  Photo: Reuters This year, 3,700 Rohingyas fled from the Kutupalong camp. They are believed to have gone to Indonesia via the Andamans. Around 100 Rohingyas have tried to escape several times since last November in at least 8 boats. But they are no longer welcome at the port of Aceh. Returning to the sea. This is why they are trying to go to Malaysia. But getting there is also difficult.

This year, at least 225 people have died trying to cross the sea to survive. This number is double from last year. Many others are unaccounted for.

The Andaman crisis is another example of the Rohingyas being subjected to one after the other. The Bangladesh government did not allow the Rohingyas to do any work outside the Kutupalong camp. There is not even a school inside. And this is why there is one violence after another.

The Economist says that not putting a large population to work is a huge waste of manpower. It is believed that these Rohingyas will be able to return to their own areas. Maybe that’s why they are not being used. However, Myanmar’s junta government says they may be taken back. But they are not making any promises.

The report also makes some recommendations to resolve this crisis. It is said that the rich countries of the world should call on the Bangladesh government to provide education and work opportunities to the Rohingyas and apply pressure. Apart from this, these Rohingyas can be divided and taken by these countries. Earlier, Australia took hundreds of Rohingyas. Europe took about 3 thousand Rohingya. This number is not enough. Even the World Food Program should increase funding to help the Rohingya.


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