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Bangladesh destroys thousands of Rohingya stores

Since last month, more than 3,000 Rohingya-operated stores have been robbed by Bangladeshi authorities, the country’s deputy refugee commissioner Shamsud Douza confirmed.

Bangladesh has been praised for accepting refugees, but rights groups have criticized the move to overthrow temporary stores serving their communities. (AFP)

Bangladeshi officials have covered more than 3,000 Rohingya-owned stores with bulldozers since last month as struggling refugee families expressed their disappointment at the demolition.

The country’s deputy refugee commissioner, Shamsud Douza, told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday that “more than 3,000 illegal stores” had been demolished.

“The number of Rohingya is increasing, and they need shelter. We have already built a hut on the premises,” he said, and the relief group said refugees still have daily necessities. Added that it guarantees.

But Rohingya community leader and rights activist Kim Maung told AFP that the demolition had already hurt tens of thousands of refugees in the camp.

“There are many Rohingya families, and the amount of food they are given is declining. Many families depended on income from the store,” he said.

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“I’m helpless”

About 850,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority Overcrowded evacuation camp In Bangladesh.

Due to the 2017 military crackdown, most have fled neighboring Myanmar. International genocide investigation..

Bangladesh has been praised for accepting refugees, but rights groups have criticized the restrictions imposed on refugees, and more recently the move to overthrow temporary stores serving their communities.

Salim Uller, whose grocery store was demolished, said he now has a hard time feeding a family of eight.

“That store was my last hope. How do you run your family now? There is no other way but to die. I’m helpless,” he told AFP.

Amnesty International’s Third Hamadi said the move would leave refugees vulnerable to exploitation and worsen the situation in the camp.

“The demolition of stores and the closure of community-led schools … exacerbate tensions and frustration,” he said.

Hamadi called on authorities to “protect the rights and dignity of Rohingya refugees by engaging in decisions that include the right of Rohingya refugees to earn a living.”

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Source: AFP

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