Thousands of Rohingya Refugee Shelters in Cox’s Bazar Burned Down

Just a few weeks before the blessed month of Ramadan, Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar lost their homes to the fire that broke out in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.

Fire in Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Special Document)

ACTNews, COX'S BAZAR - A fire broke out in the at Camp Balukhali, Cox's Bazar Bangladesh, Monday (3/22/2021). Thousands of refugee shelters were burned down. Several people were reportedly killed, but neither the local authorities nor the UNHCR could confirm the amount of deaths. The cause of the fire has not also been established.

Zaifur Hussein (50), a refugee who escaped the fire said dozens of people may had been killed in the blaze because the fence around the camp made it difficult to flee. "When we were in Myanmar, we faced a lot of problems. They destroyed everything. Now it has happened again," said Zaifur Hussein to Reuters.

Over a million Rohingyas fled Myanmar following a crackdown by the Myanmar military in 2017.

Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response-Aksi Cepat Tanggap expressed his condolences for the incident. The fire that recently broke out in Cox's Bazar refugee camp left thousands of Rohingya refugees without adequate housing in upcoming Ramadan.

"A few weeks before Ramadan, as many Muslims around the world are preparing for the arrival of the blessed month, Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar lost their homes and are deprived of food," said Firdaus. He hoped that Indonesia's generosity will increase to ease the burden on the Rohingyas this Ramadan. []