Bangladesh to Move 800,000 Rohingya Refugees to Single Enormous Camp by the End of October

Rohingya refugees disembark from a boat on September 13, on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River.
Rohingya refugees disembark from a boat on September 13, on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River.

Bangladesh will build a single, enormous refugee camp to house around 800,000 Rohingya refugees as a Bangladeshi minister warned his country was struggling to deal with the flood across the border.

A 3000-acre camp at Kutupalong will be able to accommodate the huge influx of refugees, Bangladesh’s secretary of disaster management and relief Mohammad Shah Kamal told CNN, including up to 300,000 who had already been living in Bangladesh before the recent outbreak of violence.

Over half a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar since the latest outbreak of violence in their home province of Rakhine State in late August.

Up until now they’ve been living in a range of different refugee camps across southern Bangladesh. Kamal said the new camp, which will be located in the country’s Cox’s Bazar district close to the Myanmar border, would be ready by the end of October.

The news came as Bangladesh minister of Road Transport and Bridge Obaidul Quader said during a visit to Cox’s Bazar the Rohingya refugees were an “unbearable burden” to his country.

“Solutions lies with (Myanmar) because the problem was created by the Myanmar government. We want them to take back their citizens to their own homeland,” he said.

The attacks intensified after Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers during coordinated attacks on border posts, according to Myanmar’s state media.

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SOURCE: CNN, Medhavi Arora and Ben Westcott