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Bangladesh signs U.N. deal to help Rohingya refugees on island

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DHAKA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – U.N. officers signed a deal with Bangladesh on Saturday to help present fundamental companies to hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees who’ve been moved to camps on a distant island within the Bay of Bengal.

The Bangladeshi authorities has moved almost 19,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island from border camps regardless of protests by some refugees and opposition from rights teams, who say the low-lying island is weak to flooding and storms.

Authorities within the densely populated South Asian nation ultimately need the island to accommodate about 10% of the 1 million Rohingya refugees who at present live in ramshackle border camps after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

UNHCR, the U.N. refugee company, mentioned the settlement signed on Saturday allowed for shut cooperation with the federal government on offering companies for the island’s rising refugee inhabitants.

“These cover key areas of protection, education, skills-training, livelihoods and health, which will help support the refugees to lead decent lives on the island and better prepare them for sustainable return to Myanmar in the future,” a UNHCR assertion mentioned.

About 81,000 Rohingya ought to be dwelling on the island inside three months, Mohammad Mohsin, a senior official on the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, advised reporters after singing the accord.

Refugees in Bhasan Char, a few of whom have protested towards dwelling situations on the island, welcomed UNHCR’s involvement.

“Now we’ll get enough of the assistance that we need,” Mohammed Arman, a Rohingya refugee advised Reuters by phone.

Residents of the island’s camps have mentioned they face restrictions on motion, no alternatives to earn a livelihood and insufficient healthcare and training.

Dozens of individuals died after a fishing boat filled with Rohingya making an attempt to flee the island sank in August. learn extra

Some Rohingya have spoken of being coerced to go to Bhasan Char, however Bangladesh says relocation is voluntary and has dismissed security considerations – citing the constructing of flood defences, housing for 100,000 folks and hospitals.

Reporting by Ruma Paul
Editing by Helen Popper

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