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Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh ordered to stay in camps until return back home

There were already 300,000 Rohingya in makeshift camps from earlier waves of refugees before the latest influx.

Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh ordered to stay in camps until return back home

There were already 300,000 Rohingya in makeshift camps from earlier waves of refugees before the latest influx.

17 September 2017 Sunday 15:31
Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh ordered to stay in camps until return back home

By Azania Post Reporter

POLICE in Bangladesh have issued an order barring Rohingya refugees from leaving the areas and designated camps for them in the border district.

A statement issued by Police spokeswoman identified as Sahely Ferdous said the refugees should wait at where they are now.

"They should stay in the designated camps until they return to their country," Ferdous, said in a statement.

The statement also asked Rohingya not to take shelter in the homes of their friends or acquaintances and locals have been asked not to rent houses to the refugees.

"They cannot travel from one place to another by roads, railways or waterways," the order said, adding that bus and lorry drivers and workers have been asked not to carry the Rohingya.

Police said they have set up check posts and surveillance in key transit points to make sure the refugees don't travel to the other parts of the country.

According to the state-run news agency, new camps were also being set up to help house the influx of refugees.

The restrictions were announced as Bangladesh authorities said they faced an "unprecedented crisis" due to the influx of 409,000 refugees since last month, according to UN figures.

Dozens of refugees were found in three towns hundreds of kilometres from the Myanmar frontier, stoking fears that thousands of Rohingya Muslims will move from the border region into the the mainland of Bangladesh.

On Sunday, many refugees huddled inside tents as steady ran fell.

"There's a chaotic situation in relief operations," he said, adding that the Bangladesh government is under criticism for not better organising the relief distribution system.

Bangladesh has called on Myanmar to take back the Rohingya who have fled

Most Rohingya, who spent more than a week trekking cross-country from Rakhine to reach the Bangladesh border, have found existing camps overflowing and have instead settled on muddy roadsides.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed by the arrival of Rohingya refugees - the highest number to have entered the country in decades - since the violence erupted last month. There were already 300,000 Rohingya in makeshift camps from earlier waves of refugees before the latest influx.

The latest round of violence in Myanmar began on August 25 after Rohingya fighters attacked more than 30 police and army posts, prompting a security crackdown on the Rohingya.

Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as Myanmar's military, have faced international condemnation over its treatment of the Rohingya.

The mainly Muslim minority, who lives primarily in Rakhine State, is not recognised as an ethnic group in Myanmar, despite having lived there for generations. Rohingya have been denied

citizenship and are stateless.

Aljazeera

Updated: 18.09.2017 11:11
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