Saturday, 21 September 2019

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Undocumented Burmese refugees are being given food items for Eid festival by the Dhaka based Islamic NGO, International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO).



IIRO is distributing 5 kilograms of rice, 1 kilogram of peas, 600 grammes of vermicelli (Samai) in three packets and 397 grammes of milk per family.


 “This is first time that the IIRO is giving us food to celebrate Eid festival in the refugee camp. We hope we will get more help from other groups,” said Amina, an old woman from the camp.


Earlier, on October 14, the refugees received food stuff from NGOs, Light House Charity Muslim Aid Serving Humanity Bangladesh through Bangladeshi authorities and “Darul Ansar” of Bangladesh, while another NGO distributed food on October 6, said  Kalu Meah, an old man from the camp.


At least, 12,000 Rohingyas have been living in Dum Dum Meah camp on the bank of the river Naf since the last two years. They are extremely vulnerable to seasonal high tides, flooding and cyclones during the monsoon that leads to serious health hazards.


A UNHCR representative said that the European Commission assured Bangladesh of providing emergency humanitarian assistance once the group moves to safer grounds, but the government still considers them illegal migrants.