Rohingya refugees: A fire destroyed hundreds of homes in Bangladesh refugee camps

Camp 16 in Cox’s Bazar, where more than a million Rohingya refugees reside, was engulfed in flames. The district borders with Myanmar, where many of them fled the military-led crackdown in Myanmar 2017.

Mohammed Shamsud Douza is a Bangladeshi government official responsible for refugees. He said that emergency workers had brought down the flames. He added that it is not known what caused the fire.

“Everything has disappeared. Abu Taher, Rohingya refugee said, “Many are without homes.”

Another fire erupted at the Covid-19 refugee treatment center in another district refugee camp last Sunday. There were no injuries.

Last March, a devastating fire swept through Cox’s Bazar. It killed at least 15 refugees and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

According to Save The Children and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the estimated number of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar is between 800,000 – more than 990,000

The majority of refugees fled persecution in Myanmar.

The Myanmar military launched a campaign of murder and arson in 2016 and 2017. This forced 740,000 Rohingya people to flee to Bangladesh. A genocide case was filed at the International Court of Justice. 2019: The United Nations reported that “grave violations of human rights” by the military in the ethnic states Rakhine (Chin, Shan, Kachin, Kachin and Karen continued.

Myanmar denies the accusations of genocide and says that the “clearance operation” by the military was legitimate counter-terrorism measures.