Friday, 29 May 2020

Buthidaung, Arakan State: Two Rohingya families comprising 12 members, including children fled to Bangladesh on February 16 and 20 because one of the families married without permission. The other was facing acute crisis following the death of a woman's husband, said a Rohingya refugee from Tal (unofficial refugees) who met them.

One family whose head is Waskarim (50), son of Rashid Ahmed from Maung Nama village Maungdaw Township had married Samshur Naher five years ago after his first wife's death without taking permission from the concerned authorities. Nasaka Headquarters in Kawarbil was aware of this and was on the lookout to arrest him.  To evade arrest, he accompanied by his five family members crossed the Burma-Bangladesh border on February 16.

Another family comprising six-members led by Anwar Begum (35), daughter of Noor Khobir from Sarb Bazaar in Buthidaung Township crossed the Burma-Bangladesh border on February 20. Her husband had died after being afflicted by malaria. Anwara Begum has been facing acute difficulties in looking after her family given that the SPDC authorities have been imposing many kinds of taxes and restricting movement.  These created problems for her and also made her jobless.

"I have four daughters and one son who is only seven-year-old. I have no shelter, no money to support my family members," said Anwar Begum.