400 Chakmas of Myanmar waiting to enter the Ghumdhum border

400 Chakmas of Myanmar waiting to enter the Ghumdhum border

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Around 400 people from the country’s Chakma community are waiting to cross into Bangladesh amid ongoing clashes between Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army (AA), a rebel group, across the Ghumdhum border in Bandarban’s Naikxyongchari upazila. Besides, a number of Rohingyas are also gathering at the border. The information was confirmed by Prothom Alo, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) of Cox’s Bazar. Mizanur Rahman.

Md. Mizanur Rahman said that in Myanmar, the conflict between the government’s junta forces and the rebel group Arkan Army is going on. This has led to a food crisis among those living on the border with Myanmar. Their lives are in danger. In this situation, they are trying to enter Bangladesh to save their lives. BGB patrols have been strengthened on the border to prevent any Rohingya or any other community from crossing the border. Meanwhile, since 10:00 a.m. on Monday, the Myanmar forces have been targeting the Arakan Army’s position with helicopter bomb attacks. On the other hand, 98 members of the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) have fled to Bangladesh in the face of the Arakan Army’s attack. They are in the custody of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

Earlier today, two people were killed by a mortar shell fired from Myanmar in a kitchen in Jalpaitli village of Ghumdhum union of Naikxyongchari upazila of Bandarban. Among the two victims, one is a Bangladeshi woman and the other is a Rohingya man.

Currently, the number of Rohingyas registered in 33 shelter camps in Ukhia and Teknaf is 1.25 million. Of these, 8 lakh came from Rakhine State in the months after August 25, 2017. Even in six years of the Rohingya influx, not a single Rohingya could be sent back to Myanmar. Although repatriation was attempted twice before, it failed due to the reluctance of the Rohingya.

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