Published on: 05/27/2022 – 11:52 The Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are suffering severe persecution in Burma. Following army massacres in 2017, 740,000 Rohingya fled en masse to neighboring Bangladesh, which welcomed them to refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. Five years later, it is the most densely populated refugee camp in the world. The most dangerous too, between floods, fires and gang warfare. At the end of 2020, Bangladesh therefore decided to transfer some of these refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, which reporters Alban Alvarez and Mathilde Cusin managed to reach. The transfer of refugees to the camp located on Bhasan Char aroused strong criticism and reservations from human rights associations which denounced the confinement and living conditions of refugees on an island far from everything. Visiting Bangladesh, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed Wednesday, May 25, for lasting and predictable aid for Rohingya refugees and their host communities. agency, “some 28,000 Rohingya refugees have been relocated to Bhasan Char by the Government of Bangladesh, and the High Commissioner has found that essential humanitarian services there have been strengthened. He called for continued strong leadership from the government on the island, as well as improving education services, skills development and livelihood initiatives”.
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