Dhaka –The influx of Rohingya to Bangladesh has still been continued making the Myanmar’s promise, came nearly a week ago in Dhaka, for repatriation of the persecuted Muslims apparently a futile exercise.
It seems the violence orchestrated by the Burmese military in the restive Rakhine state has no respite, forcing the minority group to cross the border into Bangladesh. And, therefore, the authorities in Myanmar put their own promises into question.
An average of 2,000 Rohingya cross the border everyday for safety making refugee situation in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar more complex, according to a statement issued by International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The migration agency also believes as many as 100,000 people are waiting on the border in Myanmar to cross the border.
The statement came six days after a senior minister from Myanmar at a meeting in Dhaka promised to return the Rohingya to their home, where they were brutalized and evicted from.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali had told the press in Dhaka Monday that a meeting with U Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s union minister for the office of the state counsellor, was cordial and they agreed to form a joint panel to oversee the repatriation of th4e Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Rakhine state to Bangladesh in the recent weeks.
Myanmar government has hardly paid any heed to stop the violence that caused the mass exodus.
An estimated 515,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border into Bangladesh’s south-eastern Cox’s Bazar district after Burmese military launched a crackdown on suspected Muslim insurgents in Rakhine on August 25.
The civilians who crossed the border said that the Burmese army brutalized the Muslims. The military and their Buddhist cohorts killed Muslims and burnt their homes down. The United Nations termed the violence as ethnic cleansing.
The initial uproars by the international community over the atrocities in Myanmar have apparently been fading away while response to the humanitarian aid to the large number of refugees, who are in dire need of food, shelter and medicine, drew poor response. The aid agencies appealed last week for 434 million US dollars to support the refugees and local community for the next six months. The agencies have still been urging the international community to provide them with the support.
As agreed earlier, Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will visit Myanmar anytime this month to discuss about the proposed repatriation of the Rohingya.
“We will set agenda of our talking points and possibly Myanmar visit will take place within this month,” Khan told reporters in Dhaka Sunday.
Cross border smuggling of narcotic items and border management will also feature in the meeting, he added.