Local authorities deny rights of unregistered refugees

Thursday, 17 September 2009
Kutupalong, Bangladesh: The concerned authorities of an official refugee camp (under UNHCR), refused to solve problems between registered refugees and unregistered refugees, said a refugee committee member.

Last evening, Yousef with 15 other registered refugees beat up Hamid from the unregistered refugee camp of Block B 1, with an iron rod. Hamid was seriously injured and the unregistered refugee committee members went to complain about the matter to the officer in-charge of the registered camp. However, they were unable to find him in the camp and then the committee members went to Camp Security Officer Sub Inspector (SI) Monir, who refused to file the case, the committee members said.

Given his serious condition, the refugees tried to get medical treatment for the injured man, from the clinic of the registered camp, which is operated under UNHCR. But, Hamid was denied treatment there too since he was not a registered refugee, said Abu, another Local authorities deny rights of unregistered refugees unregistered refugee, had gone with Hamid to complain to the concerned local authorities.

Later, the refugees admitted Hamid to the MSF clinic near the camp, where he was admitted as an indoor patient, Abu added.

“I know the UNHCR works for refugees, although why in Bangladesh it follows the divide and role policy among refugees of Kutupalong area is unknown. It is their duty to save a life and the reasons for the UNHCR clinic’s refusal to admit the patient are still uncertain,” said Kalam from camp.

It has been learnt that Hamid had taken Taka 40 from Yousef last week, but had paid back only Taka 25 yesterday and requested for some more time to pay the rest. But, Yousef attacked Hamid with an iron rod, while 15 others joined in, to help Yousef. In the skirmish, Hamid was seriously injured.

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ACF distributes soap to unregistered refugees in Kutupalong

Thursday, 17 September 2009
Kautupalong, Bangladesh: The Action Contre la Faim (ACF) distributed soaps to unregistered refugees in Kutupalong as part of its hygiene programme to keep refugees in good health, according to a worker of the hygienic programme.

The ACF distributed to 5300 families. It distributed eight soaps for under four-member families and 12 soaps for over four-member families, the worker said.

“It is good for us as we received goods from NGOs working in our camp. Before we got biscuits and now we are getting soaps,” said Halima, a mother of five children carrying 12 soaps with biscuits for her kids.

When we get some goods from NGOs, locals become jealous and attack the refugees. They are demanding jobs in the refugee camp and need rations. They disturb workers, who are working in the refugee camp, said a member of the refugee committee.

Local people attacked unregistered Rohingya women 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.

Local people attacked the women refugees yesterday, while they were working in the camp on a hygienic programme. Work was to stopped the whole day with local people demanding jobs in the camp, said Anwer, a refugee from the camp.

The refugees from unregistered camp had no score to serve their family, when ACF started the programme of hygiene in the camp. The refugee committee requested ACF to recruit the workers from the camp. So, ACF recruited from the camp to help the refugees, the members said.

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Mute Rohingya refugee girl gang-raped

Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Kutupalong, Bangladesh: A 15-year old mute girl was gang-raped at the Nayapara refugee camp in the first week of September. The men took advantage of the fact that she could not complain to people or scream for help, said Kassim, a refugee elder from the Kutupalong unregistered refugee camp.

The young girl, Saytara, daughter of late Mohamed Syed, lives with her bother and sister-in-law, at the Kutupalong unregistered refugee camp, Kassim said.

On September 1, her brother’s father-in law, Hanifa, son of Molana Noor Mohamed, who lives in Nayapara camp, Shade D, came to their hut and requested the family to give permission to take her to his room to help his wife, who was about to deliver a baby, according to her brother.

Saytara went to her brother’s hut yesterday in tears and explained with signs that she was raped by Hanifa, taking advantage of her handicap, since she was unable to call for help, Saytara explained with signs.

Saytara also explained that Hanifa called other people to rape her one by one, after she arrived at the camp. A total of nine people raped her, she explained in tears to her sister-in-law.

According to refugees of Nayapara camp, Hanifa is notorious for his bad behaviour, and all the refugees from Block D, hate him.

Saytara’s brother was unable to do anything as Hanifa is the father of his wife and forbade his wife not to contact her father.

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