State And Shelter For The Stateless: A Rare Act Of Humanity

Aziz Pasha , Writer, Columnist:  A nation with no justified identity, no proper residential acknowledgement, isolated from homeland; asked refuge and shelter to Bangladesh. With no delay, the honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh ordered to open the border. Bangladesh allocated a separate island for these stateless peoples, now.

Bhashan Char, previously known as Thengar Char, an island located at Hatiya Island in the Bay of Bengal, is going to be the temporary home of ‘Rohingya’ refugees from Myanmar as decided by the government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit Bhashan Char on October 3 to inaugurate the houses to the Rohingya families.

A total of 100,000 Rohingyas will be transferred to the island on completion of the work as stated by the additional secretary to the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Mohammad Habibul Kabir Chowdhury. 80% work of the project work is complete and the rest will be done within the next one and a half months, he added. Mentioning that, Bangladesh Navy has built a total of 1,440 barrack houses and 120 central shelters to accommodate the Rohingyas in 120 village clusters. A senior officer of the Bangladesh Navy said, they had built one-storied buildings with 16 units to accommodate 16 Rohingya families. The Bangladesh Navy is implementing the project which is likely to be completed by 2019.

Bhashan Char is located in the estuary of the Meghna River. It takes about 90 minutes to reach Hatiya Island from Noakhali on the mainland, from where a speedboat takes another 30 minutes to get to Bhashan. On November 28, 2017, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) had approved the ‘Asrayan-3’ project involving an outlay of about BDT 2,300 Crore to accommodate 1,00,000 Rohingyas.

Solar based electricity, water supply, sanitation, hospital, market, roads, dam, playing field, ponds, water extraction infrastructure, tube wells, others infrastructure and watch towers have already been installed in the Bhashan Char to house the Rohingya peoples.

The world acknowledges the humanity of Bangladesh and its’ people. With no obvious doubt this act of kindness is an example to the whole world.

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