The Daily Star recently published a news item titled “Monsoon worry for Rohingyas.” Most of the Rohingya camps were built either on hilltops or along hillslopes. As the monsoon season nears, many international agencies including UNHCR and IOM have expressed concerns over the risk of living in those camps. They have requested the government to shift the camps to more suitable places for that period.
There is also a serious threat of contagious diseases that spread faster during monsoon. Bangladesh has already earned global praise for its continued support of the Rohingya refugees. It's important that it will now consider collaborating with the international agencies to provide for this shifting. Otherwise, as the report indicates, those unfortunate people may face yet another disaster.
Md Zillur Rahaman, By e-mail