Drenched clothes, a tarpaulin as a makeshift roof and a long queue at the the food distribution post – the exiled Rohingya in Bangladesh currently have to survive with the bare necessities. In August, Rohingya rebels attacked Burmese security forces. The military reacted with violence against the minority which the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing. The Rohingya Muslim minority is one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Since their nationality was taken from them by the military dictatorship of 1982, they are regarded as stateless.
The situation in Bangladesh is critical. Food is scarce and more refugees arrive at the camps every day. Many refugees try to reach the neighbouring country by sea, but this route is also dangerous. Again and again the ships of the Rohingya capsize.
A total of 3,000 people have already been reached with our distribution of relief goods. Each package contains a tarpaulin, a blanket, a mosquito net, a bucket and three plastic boxes. And still more Rohingya are seeking protection in Bangladesh. Several thousand more refugees arrived in Bangladesh this week via the various national borders. The new arrivals also received a package with relief goods from us. We were assisted by a small, local team in the distribution of the supplies. “The demand is seemingly endless but we are doing our best to provide as many refugees as possible with the basic necessities,“ said Shabbir Uddin Ahmed, Cap Anamur team member in Bangladesh.