Bangladesh will move 2000-3000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island this week, a navy officer says, despite complaints by rights groups concerned about the site’s vulnerability to storms and flooding.
Bangladesh has relocated about 3500 of the refugees from neighbouring Myanmar to Bhasan Char island since early December from border camps where a million live in ramshackle huts perched on razed hills.
Bhasan Char emerged from the sea only two decades ago and is several hours by boat from the nearest port at Chittagong.
The Rohingya, a minority group who fled violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, are not allowed to move off the island without government permission.
“Most probably, they will be taken to Chittagong…