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Life of the first Rohingya batch in Bhashan Char

  • Published at 04:23 am May 5th, 2020
File Photo: In this handout aerial photo taken on June 19, 2019 and released on October 21 by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects shows buildings intended to accommodate members of the Rohingya refugee community on the silt islet Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal AFP

A team of doctors from Bangladesh Navy have also visited to take note of any healthcare issues the residents might have

Bhashan Char, an island off the coast of Noakhali developed to relocate 100,000 Rohingyas from camps, has received its first batch of 28 Rohingya residents.

On Saturday, the group was rescued from two boats off the coast of Teknaf in Cox's Bazar while trying to enter Bangladesh after being at the sea for about two weeks.

Upon rescue, all 28 Rohingyas and a local broker were sent directly to Bhashan Char to become its first residents.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, a top district administration official claimed that the first batch was settling in well on the island. 

“They are living a good life now. We have already launched operations of hospitals and police stations there. A team of 15 policemen, including a sub-inspector, have been deployed there,” Noakhali Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tonmoy Das told the Dhaka Tribune.

“They have been put on quarantine at Shade-11 on the island,” he added.

The group includes a total of 15 women, five children, nine men from the Rohingya community and the broker.

“Adequate supply of food for the next six months has been ensured there, in addition to other facilities,” said Tonmoy Das.

A team of doctors from Bangladesh Navy have also visited to take note of any healthcare issues the residents might have. 

The island’s Barrack-41 and Barrack-42 have been allocated for the 28 Rohingyas to stay after they complete their quarantine period.

“We have developed working facilities for them as well as entertainment ones so that they do not feel depressed. There is also a playground for the children there,” he added.

From now, all newly arrived Rohingyas will be sent to Bhashan Char, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen earlier told the Dhaka Tribune.

The United Nations and the international community pressurized Bangladesh to allow the two boats carrying about 500 Rohingyas into its territory.

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