Shipped off: Bangladesh begins mass transfer of Rohingya refugees

Citing the reason of overcrowding, Bangladesh started the first phase of shipping off the Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island, despite numerous protests

Enroute Bhasan Char

More than 1,600 Rohingya refugees were transported from Bangladesh's southern port of Chittagong for the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal on Friday, despite numerous protests against this decision.

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Bus to ship

The refugees were transported in a bus to Chittagong district from a refugee camp for the first mass relocation of refugees to an island, in Ukhia on December 3, 2020.

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High tides

The refugees were made to board a Bangladesh Navy ship to be transported, reportedly voluntarily. They were made to queue up and were then transported through a ship with little or no social distancing amid the fears of another massive outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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Queue up...voluntarily

Some officials have claimed the refugees being transported are only the ones who were willing to be shifted and the decision was taken simply to solve the problem of overcrowding.

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Prone to cyclones

The place where the refugees are being transported to is a low-lying island in an area prone to cyclones and floods, with rights groups alleging people were being coerced into leaving.

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Family visits

Relatives of Rohingya refugees gathered outside the transit camp a day before the start of the first mass relocation of refugees. The families have alleged that the transfer of refugees has not been voluntarily, as opposed to what is being claimed by the authorities.

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