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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