Last updated on May 3, 2020
The refugees, including 15 women and six children, landed Bhasan Char island Saturday and are thought to be from among many ships stuck at sea,” stated Tonmoy Das, neighborhood chief government official in the Noakhali district.
Das said meals, physicians, and a group of 10 policemen were shipped into the island to care for the refugees.
An official in Bangladesh’s Refugee Commissioner’s office at Cox’s Bazar district said the office has been aware of the development. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to talk to the press.
Rights groups say tens of thousands of Rohingya are stranded on two fishing trawlers between Bangladesh and Malaysia. The refugees allegedly attempted to reach Malaysia but neglected due to strict patrols to keep out the coronavirus.
Over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims arrived at Bangladesh beginning in August 2017, once the army in Buddhist-majority Myanmar started a brutal crackdown against them in reaction to an assault by insurgents. Global rights groups, as well as the U.N., have predicted the effort cultural cleansing between rapes, killings, and torching of thousands of houses. Presently over 1 million Rohingya reside in Bangladesh.