The second batch of Rohingyas from 428 households of refugee camps have already reached Chattogram from Cox’s Bazar yesterday, witnesses mentioned.
Witnesses in Ukhia and Teknaf mentioned the Rohingyas, who want to go to Bhashan Char voluntarily, have been taken to Chattogram on buses amid presence of regulation enforcers.
They mentioned officers briefed the refugees on how they might be taken to the island and gave them breakfast within the transit camp at Ukhia Diploma School floor after which they have been taken to Chattogram.
The refugees will likely be taken to Bhashan Char from Chattogram Boat Membership on navy ship this morning, officers mentioned.
Rohingya leaders mentioned they grew to become all for shifting to Bhashan Char after realizing the detailed amenities within the island.
They mentioned many are displaying curiosity to go to Bhashan Char and they’re together with their names within the listing to maneuver there.
The primary batch — of 1,642 Rohingyas — was relocated to the island on December 4.
Workplace of the Refugee Aid and Repatriation Commissioner is coordinating the relocation course of amid considerations of the worldwide neighborhood concerning the island being a dangerous place for the refugees.
Rohingyas of the primary batch expressed their satisfaction and mentioned they selected to maneuver to the amenities — being constructed underneath a Tk 3,100-crore housing mission by the Bangladesh Navy — for security and luxury.
They added that not solely have been the dwelling situations poor of their makeshift houses within the Cox’s Bazar camps, combating between rival gangs had made their lives much more troublesome.
They imagine they will reside a greater life on the char with higher entry to healthcare, training and work.
In comparison with the cramped situations within the camps, the housing mission is a greater possibility, they mentioned.
Within the camps, a household of six-eight members must reside collectively inside a 400-square-foot area.
The UN and different improvement companions, nevertheless, expressed considerations and demanded unbiased assessments of the housing mission earlier than relocation started. A UN crew has nonetheless not been allowed to go to the island.
The UN and rights teams have been questioning the relocation plan, saying the island was vulnerable to floods and could possibly be submerged throughout excessive tides.