Rohingyas agree to relocate to Bhasahan Char
Only those willing shall be sent, says official
Published : Sunday, 20 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1397
Rohingyas, the forcibly displaced people of Myanmar's Rakhaine State, expressed their willingness to relocate to Bhashan Char, a Tk 2,312 crore project that includes housing, power, communication, healthcare, storm surge protection and cyclone shelter centre facilities for the Rohingyas.
This was disclosed at a meeting of Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) with representatives from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, UNHCR, IOM and representative from the local and international NGOs on October 17.
"Majhis (Camp leaders) are giving us lists of the Rohingya families who are willing to relocate themselves to Bhashan Char. So far we received 100 names and we are hopeful that we will get more names within a very short time," a senior official told the Daily Observer on Saturday.
The government had a plan to complete relocation of 23,000 Rohingya families to Bhashan Char by April 15 of 2019. But it failed to fulfill the target allegedly due to the 'role' of some local and foreign NGOs.
"About 15 Majhis took part in the meeting. After getting the updates, the officials asked them (Majhis) to distribute more forms to the Rohingyas to express their opinion on the form freely," the official added.
Majhis (Camp leaders), is a home grown system in Rohingya camps to see a group of 100 families. In each block, a Majhi usually leads a group.
Bangladesh on February 5 last year announced its plan to relocate thousands of Rohingyas, stranded on its territory, to Bhashan Char (Thengar Char) in Hatiya in the Bay of Bengal and sought financial support from the UN and the international community for the relocation project. It prepared an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas where they will get better living conditions and livelihood opportunities.
To implement the idea, Bangladesh has sought an effective role of the international community and the United Nations in finding a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis as the Myanmar government pushed the Rohingyas in1978, 1990, 2016 and 2017, and raised the issue at the UN, OIC but the international community failed to reach a solution.
Bangladesh Navy is working at Bhasan Char to accommodate Rohingyas since November 2016, however, IOM has assured of providing all sorts of assistance for shifting the camp to Bhasan Char in Noakhali although the right groups disagree with the proposal.
"We will not send anyone to the Bhashan Char by force, only those willing to relocate we will be listed first and we will meet them before taking the next course of action," RRR Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar said.
According to our correspondent, the Majhis asked the government to motivate the Rohingyas about the facilities of Bhashan Char.