The International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh on Sunday requested the international community to be prompt in their action to help Bangladesh deal with Rohingya crisis.
‘The Rohingya crisis has created multi-dimensional problems for Bangladesh,’ said the ICCB in a release on Sunday.
‘For hosting Rohingyas, the economy and the environment of Bangladesh have been affected adversely. Bangladesh deserves all the supports and solidarities from the international community to face the crisis,’ the release added.
It also appreciated words of sympathies and aids received by Bangladesh from different countries but said that no tangible move was in sight to get the Rohingya refugees back to their homes in Myanmar.
Explaining the impacts Bangladesh is bearing from the refugee influx, the ICCB said that the construction of refugee camps required clearing of 6,000 acres of forest worth Tk 741.31 crore or $86.67 million.
It said that the repatriation of the refugees had not been possible even after Bangladesh and Myanmar reached an agreement because of the latter’s unwillingness to respect the deal.
At least 58 refugees who returned in pursuit of the agreement implementation were actually detained and punished upon their arrival at home, said the release.
Though they were eventually released through presidential pardon, the release said, they had to remain confined to a ‘so-called reception centre’.
‘So, more Rohingyas continue to seek shelter in Bangladesh,’ said the release.
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