Yaba tablets seized in Maungdaw

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 10:39
Maungdaw, Arakan State: Around 1680 Yaba tablets were seized and one person was arrested at the Maungdaw entry and exit point yesterday, an aide from the police department said.
Acting on information, a special group of Nicotine control agents and police went to the exit and entry point of Maungdaw and checked the people, who were going to Bangladesh on business. They seized 1680 Yaba tablets from a Rohingya man called Salim, son of Abul. He was arrested by the special group, the aide said.

During the interrogation, Salim confessed that he was only a carrier meant to ferry the Yaba tablets to Bangladesh, and the owners were Zubair and Zaibur Rahaman from Shewza village. They were the main suppliers of Yaba tablets from Maungdaw, the aide added.

The suppliers jointly cooperate with some high level officers from Maungdaw. Thousands of Yaba tablets are now in Maungdaw, will smuggle to Bangladesh from Maungdaw. “But, I do not know, where they keep the other tablets,” said Salim.

The suppliers, Zubair and Zaibur Rahaman are now going to hide and try to solve matters through their collaborators, who are working with them, said a businessman from Maungdaw.

In Maungdaw, most of the high level officers like the Burmese border security force (Nasaka), police and army personnel are involved in such trade to earn easy money through the drug business, said a school teacher.

Most young people and students use Yaba tablets in Maungdaw and some are involved in the drug business, from which they get easy money, the teacher said.

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UNICEF takes initiative to spread education in Burmese refugee camps

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 10:37
Teknaf, Cox’s Bazaar: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been taking the initiative for spreading education in two Burmese refugee camps under the Cox’s Bazaar district in Bangladesh, since September 6, Monaf, a schoolteacher from the Nayapara camp said.
The project has been put into practice in two refugee camps—Nayapara and Kutupalong—through Research, Training and Management, or RTM international supported by UNICEF.

In these refugee camps, there exists only non-formal education till class five. After that, the students have no scope of further education. Parents of students have wanted formal education with all subjects for their children, for a long time and had frequently requested the concerned authorities, who sometimes visited the camps.

There are about 19 primary schools in two camps, 9 in Nayapara and 10 in Kutupalong with over 10,000 students, who have been studying in these two camps with the support of over 124 teachers, including women teachers, said another schoolteacher Kafayet Ullah from the camp.

However, on September 6, more than 10,000 students from both camps, aged from 8 to 13, appeared for a non-formal primary education class final examination. Over 5,600 students were from the Nayapara camp, while over 4,400 students were from the Kutupalong camp. This exam will be completed on September 9. The students have to appear for five subjects such as, Bengali, English, Social Science, Burmese and Math.

UNICEF will support this program for three years and all the students will be expected to complete class three level educations within a three year period, Master Amir Hakim said.

After the examination, another grade will commence with non-formal and formal classes. But, play-group and pre-primary students will not be included. Among over 10,000 students, there are 1,392 students from play group and 1,400 students from nursery.

If formal education with all subjects, is introduced along with experienced teachers to aid the process, the children of the refugees, will one day lead their community in a proper way, said an old refugee, from the Nayapara camp.

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Locals attack female Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong

Tuesday, 08 September 2009 10:33
Kutupalong, Bangladesh: Local people attacked unregistered Rohingya female refugees, while they were returning from the Action Contre la Faim (ACF), after collecting biscuits on September 1, Abul Kalam, an elder from Kutupalong unregistered refugee camp said.

The Action Contre la Faim (ACF) provides biscuits to women, who are pregnant and mothers of young children, he said.

Alam, son of Syed Alam, who lives in front of the ACF office in Kutupalong, waited on the road, while the female refugees were returning from the AFC office with biscuits to their refugee camp and asked them to sell the biscuits, said Shazen Begum, a female refugee, who was attacked on the same day.

On that day, Hamida Begum (30), two and half months pregnant, Madina Begum, (25), three months pregnant and Shazen Begum, mother of a 6 month old child, were returning from ACF with biscuits. Alam asked them to sell the biscuits. When the female refugees refused to sell, he attacked the female refugees who were pregnant and a few of them were seriously injured, she added.

After hearing them scream, a few men rushed to the spot, but Alam had escaped by then and the other local people protected him, said Kamal Husson, a refugee.

The refugees sent the injured female refugees to the Médecins Sans Frontières – Holland (MSF) Clinic near the refugee camp to get treatment, he added.

In the evening, Shazen was released from the MSF clinic and the other two are still in the clinic, he added.

The refugees reported the matter to the concerned authority of Bangladesh in Kutupalong under Ukeya, but no action has been taken.

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