Bangladesh will build a single, huge refugee camp to house around 800,000 Rohingya refugees as a Bangladeshi minister warned his country was struggling to deal with the flood across the border.
A 3000-acre enormous camp at Kutupalong will be able to accommodate the huge influx of refugees, Bangladesh’s secretary of disaster management and relief Mohammad Shah Kamal told CNN, including up to 300,000 who had already been living in Bangaldesh before the recent outbreak of violence.
Over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar since the latest outbreak of violence in their home province of Rakhine State in late August.
Up until now they’ve been living in a range of different refugee camps across southern Bangladesh. Kamal said the new camp, which will be located in the country’s Cox’s Bazar district close to the Myanmar border, would be ready by the end of October.
The Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) director general Major General Abul Hossain said Friday in New Delhi that Bangladesh was also planning to have a fenced border with Myanmar.
Hossain was addressing a joint press conference with India’s Border Security Force (BSF) chief KK Sharma in the Indian capital.
“This is a problem in Myanmar and this is not our problem. Half a million have already come to Bangladesh. But, this is a problem for our country also … they (Rohingyas) cannot spread all over the country.
“Our government has taken a decision and the Rohingyas have been put in the Cox’s Bazar district,” he said, adding they have identified the exit and entry points (of Rohingyas) which are being guarded properly.
“We have started the registration of these people … we have declared that anybody without registration will not be given any facilities. We have also asked our people to inform about any such person to law enforcement agencies,” Hossain said.
Meanwhile, in a new report released Friday, Refugees International described the actions of the Myanmar military as “crimes against humanity.”
“The Rohingya have faced decades of persecution and targeted violence in Myanmar, but the recent attacks that began just over a month ago are of an entirely new scale and level of inhumanity,” Refugees International President Eric Schwartz.