Massive fire destroys homes of thousands in Bangladesh Rohingya refugee camps

A fire has swept through a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, destroying shelters and endangering the lives of tens of thousands of refugees, the UN refugee agency UNHCR reported Monday.

Fire services, Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, and rescue and response teams remained at the scene on Monday evening, where they continued to try to control the fire and prevent its further spread, the UNHCR said late Monday afternoon local time.
António Vitorino, Director General of the UN’s International Organization of Migration (IOM), dicho “tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees are affected.
    I am deeply concerned by the impact of a terrible fire today in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,” Vitorino said, agregando eso “IOM teams and partners are working together to respond to the crisis and ensure the safety and well-being of all.
      Flames engulf sections of a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bagladesh on March 22, 2021.

      Images from witnesses showed a massive blaze consuming huts and scores of refugees fleeing on foot. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
        The fire spread so quickly that before we understood what happened, it caught our house,” said Tayeba Begum, a Save the Children volunteer who witnessed the fire. “People were screaming and running here and there. Children were also running scattered, crying for their family. It is the most horrific incident I have witnessed recently.
        Monday’s blaze marks the largest of multiple fires that have plagued the camp this year solo, Onno Van Manen, the country director for Save the Children in Bangladesh said.
          It is another devastating blow to the Rohingya refugees who live here. Just a couple of days ago we lost one of our health facilities in another fire. The risks of fires in these extremely densely populated and confined areas are enormous,” Van Manen said.
          Estimates of the number of Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar range from 800,000 to more than 900,000, according to the UNHCR and Save the Children.
          Most of the refugees have fled from persecution in neighboring Myanmar.
            En 2016 y 2017, Myanmar’s military launched a brutal campaign of killing and arson that forced more than 740,000 Rohingya minority people to flee into neighboring Bangladesh, provocando que un caso de genocidio sea escuchado en la Corte Internacional de Justicia. En 2019, the United Nations saidgrave human rights abusesby the military were still continuing in the ethnic states of Rakhine, Chin, Shan, Kachin and Karen.
            Myanmar denies the genocide accusations, and maintains theclearance operationsby the military were legitimate counter-terrorism measures.

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