Bangladesh plans to allocate more land for camps housing Rohingya refugees as concerns grow over a possible outbreak of disease in crowded, makeshift settlements clustered at the country’s southern tip.
Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Myanmar on Thursday with a Mass for young people before heading to neighbouring Bangladesh where the Muslim Rohingya refugee crisis was expected to take center stage.
Bangladesh approved a $280 million project on Tuesday to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
Bangladesh says it has reached a deal with Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees within two months, as global pressure mounts on Myanmar for driving more than half a million members of the persecuted minority out of their homes.
Bangladeshi NGOs on Monday (October 23) called on UN aid agencies to involve their local counterparts more to better address a humanitarian crisis unfolding in camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar where nearly 1,000,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have been taking shelter.