Mohammad Alam is one of 800,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled unrest in neighbouring Myanmar over the past several years and who are now sheltering in Cox’s Bazar. He told UN News about losing all his possessions in the fire and how he and others are trying to rebuild for the future.
“I never thought I was going to face such horrific incidents as the 2017 violence in Myanmar ever again. On 22 March, I saw the smoke rise in a neighbouring camp, but didn’t think much of it as it’s a common occurrence during the dry season. I just assumed it would be doused quickly by the firefighters like previous times. I could have never foreseen its magnitude.
When I saw the flames reaching my block, I rushed to my shelter and managed to evacuate my mother and three younger siblings. As I went back to try to save some of my belongings, I felt the blaze over my head and for a brief moment lost consciousness.
My father shook me and took me out of the shelter. We managed to save just the clothes on our backs. Everything else burned. In the meantime, my mother and siblings were nowhere to be found. I searched for them frantically for a few hours. Fortunately, we found them at my friend’s house. After three weeks of living scattered, we finally moved in together again.
It seemed that the Rohingya community which was trying to forget the traumas of the past has once again being traumatized. The refugees are stressed and worried about other potential fires. People are grieving, for their loved ones, for their possessions, for their lives back home.
May 10, 2021Despite the government’s decision not to allow Rohingya people to go outside their camps at Cox’s Bazar and Noakhali’s Bhashanchar, scores of refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine have entered the port city in Ramadan and staying here for collecting Jakat. Around 1.1 million Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in 2016 to escape Myanmar junta’s crackdown on the minority […]
Apr 21, 2021