November 9, 2017
AT Online Report
One hundred and thirty (130) more Rohingyas from Northern Arakan have arrived to Bangladesh on a self made bamboo raft taking high risk of life due to ferry boat crisis today, 9 November 2017.
According to report, they stranded on the sea beach while waiting to cross into Bangladesh weeks to weeks suffering from starvation as their food ration they brought with them ran out after some days.
They collected some bamboos and other materials and made two bamboo rafts with which mostly children, women and men set off for Bangladesh from Myanmar side before dawn and arrived through Shaforidip of Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar at 9.30 am.
Nur Mohamed from the group of fleeing Rohingyas said, we made the bamboo raft ourselves and floated into Bangladesh on the raft along with our family members to escape the ongoing systematic persecution of Myanmar armed forces and Rakhine extremists.
Teknaf BGB-2 Lt. Col S M Ariful Islam said, owning to ferry boat crisis, the Rohingyas are now crossing the Naf-river into Bangladesh from Myanmar on self made bamboo raft which is a new strategy or an alternative option for them.
A Rohingya said, they had been there on the sea beach waiting for boats to cross into Bangladesh for weeks but no boat went there to carry them as they did not have boat fare and at one stage the boat is not allowed to go to Myanmar side as well.
Seeing no way, they finally made bamboo rafts and floated into Bangladesh even though they had to take high risk of life due to ongoing systematic persecution of Myanmar government.
At least 52 Rohingyas also arrived on 8 November as they did not get any boat to carry them to Bangladesh.