UN makes first visit to remote Bangladesh island since Rohingya moved

18th Mar, 2021

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Rohingya refugees at Bhasan Char island in Bangladesh on Dec 29, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS


A United Nations delegation will on Wednesday (March 17) start a three-day visit to a remote Bay of Bengal island where Bangladesh has moved more than 13,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees since December despite criticism from rights groups. Bangladesh wants to eventually transfer 100,000 of the more than one million refugees living in overcrowded border camps to Bhasan Char island, which emerged from the sea only two decades ago and is considered vulnerable to floods.

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