Rohingya shifting to Bhasan Char voluntarily

The first group in the fifth phase, another 2253Rohingyas, was relocated to Bhasan Char Island of Noakhali district on Wednesday. 

In this phase, a total of 4,000 Rohingyas are being shifted to Bhasan Char from various camps at Ukhia-Teknaf in Cox's Bazar.  

Another team of Rohingyas will reach the island settlement on Thursday.  

The Rohingyas left Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar  for Chattogram on Tuesday and Wednesday.

All Rohingyas in this phase arrived safely and all arrangements were done for newly arrived Rohingyas, Commodore Rashed Sattar, Project Director of Bhasan Char shelter project said.

They are relocating from Chattogram to Bhasan char under the supervision of the Bangladesh Navy. Earlier, 9,703 Rohingyas were shifted to Bhasan Char from various refugee camps in Cox's Bazar in the fourth phase.

Samchu-Dauja Nayan, Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner said the first batch Rohingyas left Ukhia Degree College campus for Chattogram  at 1.15pm on Tuesday and Second batch Rohingyas left on Wednesday.

Samchu-Dauja said at least 4,000 Rohingyas have voluntarily expressed interest in going to Bhasan Char settlement in the fifth phase. They are being taken to Chattogram by bus. 

Bangladesh Navy made arrangements to take them to Bhasan Char by ship from Boat Club jetties of  Potenga area in Chattogram. On Wednesday, six ships took Rohingyas from Chattogram to Bhasan Char.

When boarding the ship with hens and ducks, Mohammad Jafor Alam, a Rohingya said government officials had assured them that they will allow developing a livelihood.   

“We are going to Bhasan Char because our relatives who have already gone there are in good condition,” he added.

The government has built a shelter project for the Rohingyas at a cost of about TK 3,000 crore in Bhasan Char, where at least 1 lakh Rohingyas can be accommodated.

On Monday and Tuesday, Rohingyas from different camps interested in going to Bhasan Char were gathered at Ukhia Degree College ground.

"Law and order forces have taken up extensive security measures in the area from Ghumdhum Transit Camp to Ukhia Degree College Campus."

Rohingyas in the world's largest refugee camp are living in a very inhumane environment, from there; the government has taken an initiative to relocate them to Bhasan Char to find an easy life.

Although three rounds of Rohingya refugees have come to Bhasan Char, international organizations, including the United Nations, which are providing all the basic humanitarian facilities in Cox's Bazar camps, have not started working on Bhasan Char as yet.

But a total of 45 local NGOs are working to provide basics including education, school, and recreation.

Various programmes have been launched to improve the living standards and livelihood of the Rohingyas who have gone to Bhasan Char in the last three phases. Various government departments including the Rural Development Board BRDB are working for that.