Friday, 25 May 2018 07:20

Bangladesh to move 100,000 Rohingya to island

Refugees CrisisesThursday, 24 May 2018

Bangladesh will move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to an island until their camps are renovated, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday.

The Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister made the remarks while speaking to Natalia Kanem, Undersecretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who was on an official visit to capital Dhaka.

The refugees will be moved to Bhashanchar Island, near port city Chittagong, where camps and tents are being built, she said.

Noting that the upcoming monsoon may bring difficulties for the refugees who are currently living in the overcrowded Kutupalong camp near Cox's Bazaar city, she said: “Measures are being taken for their temporary shelter in Bhashanchar, where they will stay until their repatriation [to Myanmar].”