Joglo sound – The fate of the Rohingya Muslim refugees is still not clear. They have been living in refugee camps in Bangladesh for several years after being driven from their land in Myanmar.
But the latest news, their refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, burned down badly on Sunday (5/3). The fire engulfed Camp 11 in Cox’s Bazar, a border district housing more than one million Rohingya Muslim refugees.
The camp has been a shelter for those who fled from the military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017. Luckily, there were no casualties in that incident.
A police officer said the cause of the fire was not clear, but it was likely gas cylinders used for cooking. The fire spread quickly because most of the shelter huts were made of bamboo and tarpaulin.
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The Armed Police Battalion, the force tasked with maintaining law and order in refugee camps in Bangladesh, said in a statement that nearly 2,000 tents were destroyed and 12,000 Rohingya refugees were left homeless.
“The Rohingya will be transferred to various camp-based learning centers and other shelters under the supervision of the Refugee Assistance and Repatriation Commission office, and donor agencies including UNHCR and the World Food Program will provide them with food and other support,” the Armed Police Battalion said.
UNHCR in Bangladesh said Rohingya volunteers were trained in firefighting, and the local fire service had brought the fire under control.
Similar fires occurred at the camp in January 2022 and March 2021. While last year’s fire damaged only shelter huts, the 2021 fire killed 15 community members and destroyed more than 10,000 settlements.
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