Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Have No Place to Live This Ramadan

This year, a series of fires in the Cox's Bazar refugee area has displaced thousands of refugees. This issue has yet to be resolved as Ramadan approaches.

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Rohingya refugees are sad because their houses were engulfed in fire. (Doc. Daily Sabah)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – Fires appear to be a common occurrence in Rohingya refugee camps. However, the international community continues to pay little attention to the plight of Rohingya refugees. The fire disaster has no long-term solution.

"Unfortunately, these fires have become as common as the world’s neglect of Rohingya refugees," said Mainul Islam, acting country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Bangladesh.

The early March fire, the sixth in 2022, is also expected to be the worst this year due to the magnitude of the damage. More than 7,000 Rohingya refugees were displaced due to the fires.

As Ramadan approaches, Rohingya refugees do not have adequate shelter. According to Firdaus Guritno of ACT's Global Humanity Network team, a fire before Ramadan occurred in Cox's Bazar in 2021. Thousands of refugees were celebrating Ramadan in emergency shelters at the time.

"Because they do not have a place to live, their fast becomes much more difficult," Firdaus explained on Friday (3/25/2022).

According to multiple international media reports, many of the victims of this year's fires have been unable to rebuild their refugee camps. Some are staying in tents belonging to other refugees, while others are living in Bangladeshi government-owned buildings or fields.

"Hopefully, the generosity of the Indonesian people will continue to grow this Ramadan to support Rohingya refugees," Firdaus asked.