COZ BAZAR, BANGLADESH: As Muslims world wide celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the competition Saturday with a peaceable demonstration demanding justice and dignified repatriation.
For the lots of of hundreds of the Muslim minority who’ve fled neighbouring Myanmar since a military crackdown final August, that is the primary Eid-al-Fitr they’ve spent within the cramped tent cities.
Rahim Uddin, a 35-year-old refugee, advised AFP that the vacation, which marks the tip of the fasting month of Ramadan, was totally different this yr.
“However God be praised, at the least we have now a peaceable place to remain and have a good time. We will go to the mosques with none interruption,” he stated within the huge Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar district.
The camp’s mosques have been full on Saturday morning as refugees prayed for security from flash floods and sudden landslides that they worry may very well be triggered by monsoon rains. They then exchanged embraces.
Later, as kids roamed round in new garments and loved merry-go-round rides and different leisure, lots of of refugees staged an hour-long protest, a typical incidence within the camps.
Group chief Mohammad Mohibullah advised AFP they need the UN to “embody a Rohingya consultant within the repatriation settlement” process. The UN couldn’t be reached for remark instantly.
About 700,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh for the reason that crackdown that the UN and the US say amounted to “ethnic cleaning”, becoming a member of those that had fled earlier violence in primarily Buddhist Myanmar.
“I offered some rations within the native market to purchase my kids new garments. They’re very pleased,” refugee Manu Mia stated on Saturday, as many households ready conventional desserts for the youngsters.
]Eighty-year-old Gul Meher made vermicelli referred to as ‘semai’ for her son and 4 grandchildren.
“I really feel very pleased, although we managed to prepare dinner a little or no, just for my grandkids,” she advised AFP.