Bangladesh Struggles To Cope With Pressures Of Hosting 1 Million Rohingya Refugees

It’s high tide in Cox’s Bazar and there’s a traffic jam right on the beach at Bangladesh’s most prominent seaside resort. The lone road that leads south to the sprawling new camps sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees is closed for repairs. All the traffic has been diverted onto the gray sand beach, where people are taking selfies and strolling in the shallow surf.

Little green rickshaws jostle with passenger vans and pickup trucks to get over a sand dune and back onto the paved roadway to head in the direction of the camps. At high tide, some of the vehicles get stuck in the wet sand, blocking those behind them.

The sudden influx of 700,000 refugees in 2017 has had a huge negative impact on the local community, says Mohammad Abul Kalam, the head of Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation…

Original published: 2019-04-15 09:10:52 Read the full New York City News here

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