Bangladesh Official: Rohingya Families Will Move to Bhashan Char

A group of Muslim-minority Rohingya refugees have agreed to leave their camps in the Cox’s Bazar region and move to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal as part of a government relocation program to address overcrowding, an official said.

Enamur Rahman, the state minister in charge of disaster management and relief, said 350 Rohingya families or about 3,000 people have responded positively to the government’s request that they relocate to Bhashan Char by early November.

“Look, we have provided the Rohingya refugees detailed information about Bhashan Char. In the past, they did not agree to go there. Now, already 350 families have consented to go. More families have been showing interest,” Rahman told BenarNews, , an RFA-affiliated online news service, on Sunday.

“We are getting good response regarding Bhashan Char relocation. More and more people want to go,” he said.

The government announced plans almost two years ago to relocate about 100,000 Rohingya to the island. Since then the government has been constructing a housing complex, a retaining wall to protect from flooding and cyclone shelters...............................


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