Bangladesh: Death on fire in Rohingya refugee camp | Free press

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled from Buddhist Myanmar to the neighboring country in 2017. Most of them live here in camps. A fire had broken out in one of them.

Dhaka (dpa) – At least five adults and two children have died in a major fire in a camp with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, according to the fire department.

Dozens of other people were injured, a fire department spokesman for the German news agency said. Accordingly, the firefighters were able to extinguish the flames Tuesday evening after hours of fighting. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

More than 9,500 relatives of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have been made homeless by the fire, the head of the authority responsible for refugees in Bangladesh said.

According to a report by the UNHCR refugee agency, the flames destroyed not only the accommodation, but also the medical centers and supply points.

Eleven-year-old refugee boy Baitullah said, according to World Vision organization: “On the way home from the mosque, I saw smoke coming from the other side of the mountain. People were screaming and panicking. He brought himself and his siblings to safety. ‘I came back that morning and saw nothing but ashes from our house.’

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim minority members from predominantly Buddhist Myanmar fled military violence to the neighboring Muslim country of Bangladesh in 2017. They live in camps there. The United Nations calls their persecution in their home country of Myanmar continuous genocide.

Many Rohingya citizens lost their citizenship in Myanmar due to a 1983 law. The Myanmar military has been internationally criticized for the persecution. Many Rohingya want to return to their homeland.

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