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3 children among 4 killed in Rohingya camp fire

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3 children among 4 killed in Rohingya camp fire
Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food aid at Thankhali refugee camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar yesterday. About 655,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh since August 2017 after the Myanmar army began a campaign of rape and murder in Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO

Four Rohingyas, including three children and a woman, were killed in a fire at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia upazila yesterday, report agencies. The deceased were identified as Nur Saba, 25, wife of Abdur Rahim, her daughter Dilshan Bibi, 5, Amin Sharif, 3, and Anjuman, 5.

They took shelter in the camp fleeing persecution by Myanmar army in Rakhine State. Mohammad Afruzul Haque Tutul, additional superintendent of Cox's Bazar police, said the fire broke out at a tent from a candle around 3:30am, leaving the four dead.

The IOM recently said that despite the ongoing efforts of aid agencies, and the local and national Bangladeshi authorities, there is so much more work to be done to give the Rohingyas the most basic support they need to ensure their safety, dignity and well-being. The reality is that life in the camps is hard and dangerous,” said communication consultant with the UN Migration Agency Fiona MacGregor.

Over 2,400 Rohingyas are estimated to have arrived in Bangladesh during December 2017, with more people continuing to arrive each day as 2018 begins, according to the UN Migration Agency.

IOM guided the "extremely vulnerable" new arrivals to the less congested part of the site, where they will live, helping carrying their shelter kits. Once they got to the new site, help was given to construct their shelters.

After an alleged attack on a Myanmar police post in the country’s northern Rakhine state on August 25, atrocities by state security forces triggered an exodus that sent almost half a million of the mainly stateless Rohingya Muslim minority fleeing over the border into Bangladesh in just two months.  The number of new arrivals is now more than 655,500.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh is set to sit with Myanmar on Monday in Naypyidaw to talk about the physical arrangement of the repatriation of the Rohingyas, who had to cross into Cox’s Bazar to escape from the brutalities of the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people from different ethnic groups in Rakhine.

A 14-member Bangladeshi team, led by foreign secretary Shahidul Haque, will leave the capital for Myanmar by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight this afternoon. The joint working group was formed on December 19 in Dhaka in accordance with a deal signed between Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Myanmar Minister attached with state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s office Kyaw Tint Swe on November 23, 2017.

The JWG will deal with over 6.55 lakh Rohingyas, who have arrived since August 25, and more than 80,000 who had crossed border after October, 2016.

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