Tough days ahead for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The country director of the world food program in Bangladesh is foreshadowing the scenario, but he is not getting any hope for aid which makes him searching alternatives


by Swadesh Roy writes from Dhaka

( November 17, 2017, Dhaka, Sri Lanka Guardian) Eight thousand hundreds Rohingya refugees, along with Bangladesh itself, have been suffering from the food crisis at the same time. The country has to import at least 2-million-tons rice, where some portions are being imported from Myanmar. On the other hand, there are many conflicts happening in the various parts of the world. In this manner, the Muslim world even Saudi Arabia has been suffering from those conflicts. Therefore, refugees are everywhere in the world.

Rohingya Refugees are Muslim in religion, and some people of Bangladesh thought that they would get a suitable amount of aid for them from the Muslim world, but they have never thought that most of the countries in the Muslim world are engaged in conflicts. No county of that world is stable; and being unstable, it is impossible to provide aid others.

When the refugee influx started to happen in Bangladesh, three Muslim populous countries- Indonesia, Malaysia, and Turkey deeply sympathized. In truth, sympathy is subjective but aid is objective. So, “showing sympathy” cannot be justified until the hard reality, aid support, has met. In a contrast, these three countries completely failed to make a flow of aid according to their empathy. Same contrasting manner has been showed by some Islamic party or group in Bangladesh, for example, when the refugee influx started to happen, they went there with huge cash money but are now out of the screen. They thought of using this helpless Muslim in militant politics, but when it turned into a humanitarian ground, they fled from the ground.

Under this circumstance, Chirsta Reader, country director of World Food Program in Bangladesh, described the situation saying, “We are knocking at the donors’ doors on a daily basis. But there are so many emergencies in the world now. But still, we hope towards the end of this year, some donors will commit some money for the Rohingya, if some money is left over.” This defense of Chirsta clarifies that there is no specific commitment in their hand at present and in future, they can get aid for the Rohingya refugees- rather his hope is that if the money is left over after donating others emergency incidents, he can get some aid for this Rohingya refugees, otherwise not.

In Bangladesh, although cold is not severe, temperature glides down in the winter which is dangerous for the children in a refugee camp built by bamboo and polythene paper on a wet mud in the hilly forest area. In the refugee camp, there are at least half a million children; one-fourth of them are orphans. No doubt, cold and malnutrition are coming in the refugee camps together within few days and its consequence will lift a situation where how much death toll will be counted that will be a big issue. To be frank, the way situation is worsening, if the donors and the government cannot tackle it, every day huge number of children’s dead body will be buried in the refugee camp.

The country director of the world food program in Bangladesh is foreshadowing this scenario too, but he is not getting any hope for aid which makes him searching alternatives. His suggests providing opportunity for the Rohingya male in the work market in Bangladesh and let the female and children to produce handy crafts. Chirsta is basically a food program worker, so when he is finding no way to get aid, it is better for him to search work markets in the shelter- country for this refugees’ survival. Inversely, if the Rohingya refugees enter in the Bangladesh work market, its consequence is not the subject matter of a food worker but a matter for the people and basically, the government of Bangladesh has to think about its far reaching consequence. If in any way Rohingya refugee can enter in Bangladesh work market, they will never return to Myanmar.

Speaking generally, if any religious minority gets the chance to enter its own religion majority country, it tries first to stay there. On the other hand, Rohingyas are not only the tiny minority in Myanmar; they have no citizenship in their country also, in addition, they have no opportunities to get the education and the healthcare there. Their quasi-democratic countries de facto government Chief Daw Aung San Suu kai, set up a commission led by former United Nation Chief Kofi Annan to make a report for settling the Rohingya- ethnic problem. Mr. Annan submitted his report, and it is very much useful for settling the long-term Rohingya problem. However, when he submitted the report in last of the August, suddenly the Islamic militants named Rohinga Salvation Army (RSA) attacked 23 police station and one army station at a time. After that, the Brumes army came heavily on the common people of Rohingya Muslims. They torched their houses, killed the male, female even the children brutally and committed “sex violence”- rape which is not only shocking but also unbearable to receive its description. At last, therefore, they drove away almost all the Rohingya Muslim people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Why did the RSA attack and why did the Myanmar government commit that genocide is not clear yet. Although the situation says, it is a part of economic aggression. Two big powers, China and Russia, are supporting Myanmar openly. So, it may be said that the problem will not be solved shortly. But it has to be solved.

With this objective, for solving this issue, Bangladesh government has to maintain Rohingya refugee as a camp people. If they enter into the Bangladesh work market, most of the Rohingya refugees will try to escape getting back to their country. It will facilitate the desire of Myanmar and their economic partners. So, what the country director of World Food Program of the United Nation to Bangladesh is telling will directly help Myanmar. In other words, it is true, continuing food support for eight hundred thousand Rohingya is a tough job now. In truth, Shelter- country Bangladesh is in food crisis, but donors are not thinking about sufficient aid support which is emergency for this country. That is why, doubtlessly, tough days ahead for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh if the world does not come forward with their humanitarian hands.


Swadesh Roy, Executive Editor. The Daily Janakantha, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a highest state award winning journalist and can be reached at swadeshroy@gmail.com

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