November 8, 2017
AT Correspondent, Teknaf
At least 52 persecuted Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh from Arakan State on a bamboo raft today, 8 November at around 9: 00 am.
According to report, the Rohingyas had been stranded along the sea beach as they did not get ferry boat to cross into Bangladesh for more than 25 days.
Being intolerable of sufferings from starvation there, they collected some bamboos and made a raft with which they set off at dawn and entered Bangladesh through the border point of Shaforidip of Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar at around 9: 00 am
Among the victims, 22 were children, 17 women and 13 men. Rescuing the floating Rohingyas, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has kept them in safety. The BGB-2 Lt. Col SM Ariful Islam confirmed the truth of the information.
Nurul Kabir from Sin Taung village of Buthidaung who has come on raft said, some bamboos and some plastic containers were collected and made a raft to cross into Bangladesh. It took them four days to collect the materials and make the raft.
After completion of the raft, they 52 members of some families set off from the PaYounBinGyi (Daminkhali) beach of Maungdaw at dawn and reached Bangladesh shore at around 9:00 am. Later, the members of BGB rescued them and kept in safety.
Nurul Kabir said, tens of thousands of Rohingyas have fled Northern Arakan to Bangladesh to escape atrocities of Myanmar armed forces and aggressive Rakhine people.
For the last some months, the Myanmar security forces and Rakhine extremists have been conducting atrocities and torching the homes of Rohingyas in Northern Arakan forcing the tens of thousands of people flee to Bangladesh.
As they did not get any ferry boat to cross over to Bangladesh, they made bamboo raft and crossed into Bangladesh.
The BGB-2 Lt. Col SM Ariful Islam said, being informed in the morning, BGB rescued 52 Rohingyas. They are kept at a place where they have been given humanitarian assistances. They will be sent to the definite place “Refugee camp” after checking them if they have any illegal things.
SM Ariful Islam said, for the last few days, with the help of plastic containers, some more Rohingyas floated into Bangladesh.