Security Crisis Threatens Lives of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

The security crisis is now engulfing the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh after some refugees died from being attacked by unknown people.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Illustration. Security crisis hit Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.(Reuters/Muhammad Ponir)

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAR – The lives of Rohingya refugees in several refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, are increasingly in crisis. The various humanitarian issues, such as food, hygiene, and health, have not yet been completed. Now, the refugees must face a security crisis.

Attackers have killed at least seven people in an assault on an Islamic seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Friday(10/22/2021). Four people were killed instantly in the attack and three others died at a hospital in the Balukhali camp, the agency reported. Police did not say how many people were wounded.

“We arrested one attacker immediately after the incident,” Shihab Kaisar Khan, regional chief for an armed police battalion, told reporters. The man was found with a gun, six rounds of ammunition, and a knife.

The killings came amid mounting tensions after Rohingya community leader Mohibullah was shot dead outside his office in the sprawling camps three weeks ago.

Rohingya activists say there is a mounting “climate of fear” in the camps, with some of them forced to go into hiding since Mohibullah’s killing.

Following the killing, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said “arrangements will be made to increase security” at the Rohingya camps in the coastal Cox’s Bazar district. The minister said surveillance and border patrols would be stepped up to curb the entry and sale of drugs in Rohingya camps. Surveillance on the Naf River, the only transboundary river between Bangladesh and Myanmar, will be strengthened, he added.

Around 1.2 million Rohingya refugees live in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, making it the largest group of refugee camps. 

Based on a report from a humanitarian organization, the living conditions in the camps are poor. The refugees live in overcrowded, poor lighting in the camps, and inadequate sanitation. Camp residents, especially women and children, are also highly vulnerable to violence and exploitation.[]