Dhaka helps Rohingya rebuild lives on remote island with new tools

19th Jul, 2021

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Rohingya refugees gather to mark the second anniversary of the exodus at the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, August 25, 2019. (REUTERS)


Bangladesh has launched an initiative to provide 5,000 Rohingya refugees with essential tools to earn a living after relocating them to a remote island last year, officials told Arab News on Sunday. At present, nearly 19,000 Rohingya are residing on Bhasan Char, dubbed Rohingya island, after Dhaka began relocating the refugees from crammed camps in its Cox’s Bazar district to the facility in December. “Based on a recent assessment, we plan to provide 5,000 Rohingya with livelihood equipment according to their skill set,” Moazzam Hossain, in charge of Bhasan Char camp and additional commissioner of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, told Arab News. In the first phase of the project, which was initiated on Friday, 2,500 Rohingya were provided with fishing nets, rickshaw vans, poultry, cobbler tools, sewing machines and repair equipment. “Many of the Rohingya are experienced in fishing, poultry farming, cattle rearing, and agriculture ... now they can manage to earn a living,” Hossain added.

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