Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Still Looking for a Decent Life After Four Years

On August 25, exactly four years ago, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas fled to refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Despite the ongoing humanitarian crises, they still hope to get a better life.

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Illustration. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh hope for a decent life. (ACTNews/Rahman Ghifari)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – For four years, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have lived in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. During those four years, they continued to wait for a more decent and secure life. However, that hope still lingers in the dream. Until now, they are still living with various humanitarian crises.

The crucial problem they face is housing. Many of the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar stand in hilly areas. Even though it is a hill, the area there is very arid because there are no trees. When the dry season arrives, the refugee camps become very hot. This makes it prone to fire because the refugee tents are only made of wood. Even thousands of houses burned, and several refugees died in the fire incident in mid-March.

Disasters also threaten Rohingya refugees when the rainy season arrives. There will always be flooding when it rains heavily. Landslides also become prone to occur. Several times this year, refugee tents have been destroyed by floods or buried by landslides.

Rakibul Alam (35), one of the Rohingya refugees, said that in early August, the hut where he lived with his wife and three children had been destroyed after a monsoon storm hit the Cox's Bazar area. The tent made of wood and a simple tarpaulin has been a place for his family to take shelter for years.

Previously, his hut was able to survive when a storm caused knee-deep flooding for adults for two days. However, on the third day, the roof collapsed, forcing Rakibul and his family to flee to the evacuation area.

Even so, Rakibul admits his current condition is better than four years ago when his Muslim brothers faced murder. Rakibul survived the brutal actions of Myanmar troops who invaded his village in the Rakhine region.

"We will never forget what happened to us. They killed our family and burned our house. We fled with our lives,” said Rakibul, who also hopes to get help so that his family's life becomes more decent.[]