OIC satisfied with facilities provided to Rohingyas in Bhasan Char OIC Rohingya Camp
Collected OIC delegation visited the Bhasan Char Rohingya camp

OIC satisfied with facilities provided to Rohingyas in Bhasan Char

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 01 Mar 2021, 01:22 pm

Dhaka, March 1: The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has expressed satisfaction over the physical infrastructure and other facilities provided by the Bangladesh government for the Rohingyas at Bhasan Char. A five-member high-level OIC delegation on Sunday visited the island town of Bhasan Char- which has been transformed into a model town with all the amenities for one lakh Rohingyas- 37 miles from the mainland, under Hatiya's administrative jurisdiction.

An OIC delegation led by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Youssef Aldobeay discussed the overall situation of Rohingyas living in Bhasan Char with the concerned stakeholders and Rohingyas during the visit, a Foreign Ministry press release said.

Aldobeay praised the Bangladesh government for providing continued humanitarian assistance and temporary shelter to the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar.

Expressing satisfaction over the various facilities in Bhasanchar, the OIC Assistant Secretary General reiterated their continued support in resolving the humanitarian crisis. The delegation later visited the Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar and met the Rohingyas.

The delegation included Ibrahim Khairat, Special Representative of the OIC Secretary General to Myanmar; El Habib Bourane, Director of Muslim Community and Minority Affairs, Department of Political Affairs and officials of the OIC General Secretariat.

The Bangladesh Navy has implemented the Asrayan-3 project at Bhasan Char at a cost of Tk 3,100 crore to shelter one lakh Rohingyas.

Since the military operation in Myanmar's Rakhine state in 2017, about 7.5 lakh Rohingya have fled and taken refuge in Teknaf and Ukhiya.

A total of 120 pucca cluster villages and 120 cyclone shelters, educational institutions, hospitals, agricultural and fishing facilities, playgrounds and the presence of law enforcement forces have made the island a much better place for Rohingyas than the Cox's Bazar camp. However, the United Nations and other international relief agencies have expressed reluctance to comment on the project, citing the risk of flooding and cyclones. The flood protection dams around the project are now being raised from nine feet to 19 feet and the houses are being built four feet above the ground.