Rohingya: Chased from Myanmar, unwelcome in Bangladesh

Fatema Khatun, 55, a Rohingya refugee woman cries as she describes the situation back in her village in Myanmar, where many have died at the hands of government soldiers.
Ambia Khatun grabbed her two kids and dashed out of her burning home on the early morning of November 23 final yr. A teary-eyed Khatun mentioned her husband couldn’t make out of the home as the military began firing.

Thirty-seven-year-old Khatun is from Kearipara village in western Myanmar’s Maungdaw city. She says she fled together with different Rohingya households, abandoning her husband’s physique, as rows of homes had been set on fireplace by the military.

Together with 2,500 Rohingya households, she has taken refuge at a makeshift camp in Leda at japanese Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar close to the border with Myanmar.

“I grabbed my kids and ran in direction of the forest and waited there with a number of hundred individuals,” she instructed Al Jazeera at her camp in Leda village.

World Meals Programme and different native NGOs have come ahead to supply meals and emergency medical help, as Bangladesh has refused to register Rohingya Muslims as refugees.

Almost 65,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since October when the military launched a crackdown in opposition to the Muslim minority after a lethal assault on a navy submit.

Myanmar says it’s appearing in opposition to perpetrators of the assault, however rights group say the navy has been operating a scientific marketing campaign of violence in opposition to Rohingya in western Rakhine state.

A traumatised Khatun says she by no means imagined that her household could possibly be ruined on this approach.

The camp at Leda seems cramped. The power is squalid and lacks fundamental facilities. Youngsters roam across the slim rows of tin and bamboo huts. They lack entry to training, medical care and sanitation.

Ziaur Rahman, a Rohingya rickshaw puller, mentioned many individuals residing within the camps haven’t any cash to spend. Rahman, who has been residing within the space for the final 15 years, instructed Al Jazeera he chipped in with some cash to assist them survive.

Some Rohingya Muslims, who’ve cash, lease house in close by homes and a few are constructing new homes, he mentioned.

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