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


Added 04-15-19 10:07:02am EST - “"We're being outnumbered by the sheer number of the refugee population," says Mohammad Abul Kalam, the head of Bangladesh's Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission in Cox's Bazar.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Bangladesh Struggles To Cope With Pressures Of Hosting 1 Million Rohingya Refugees”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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.

Motorized rickshaws get stuck in the sand on the beach in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. All traffic heading south out of town was diverted on to the beach when the main road was closed for repairs. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

Motorized rickshaws get stuck in the sand on the beach in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. All traffic heading south out of town was diverted on to the beach when the main road was closed for repairs.

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 Commission in Cox's Bazar.

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