UN to help Rohingyas in Bhasanchar
Dhaka, October 7: The United Nations is signing an agreement with Bangladesh for humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas relocated to Bhasanchar. The agreement will be signed next Saturday (October 9) at 12 noon in the meeting room of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief at the Secretariat. On behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Md. Mohsin and UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh Johannes van der Klaauw will sign the agreement.
An official from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the UN would provide assistance to the Rohingya in Bhasanchar under the agreement. They will also help in relocating from Cox's Bazar.
He said the UN provides humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar, including food and medicine. As a result of the agreement with the United Nations, they will provide the same assistance in Bhasanchar as they provide in Cox's Bazar. Basically, through this agreement, the UN will expand its assistance to the Rohingya.
The Bangladesh government has arranged accommodation for Rohingyas in Bhasanchar. The official also said that food was being provided there through local NGOs and some Islamic NGOs.
He added that 18,521 Rohingyas from Myanmar have been taken to Bhasanchar in six phases since the Rohingyas were evacuated from Cox's Bazar on December 4 last year. The government has plans to relocate another 80,000 Rohingyas to Bhasanchar.