The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has told the UN Security Council that it is still not safe for Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar.
Filippo Grandi stated that “conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive” for the return and resettlement of over 650,000 Rohingya refugees who fled their homes after a violent state crackdown last August. He went on to cite the restriction of humanitarian access in Myanmar and lack of action from the government on tackling the causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Grandi also addressed the upcoming monsoon season, describing the current situation as a “race against time” due to the massive risks for the Rohingya population living in Bangladeshi refugee camps.
Heavy rainfall will soon drench the refugee settlements of Bangladesh. The UN has already determined that more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees are living in areas prone to landslides and flooding. Tents and makeshift shelters will be swept away, and those living in the open air will have no protection from the driving rain.
Hygiene and sanitation facilities across the camps are already inadequate, and flooding will allow human waste and dirty water to rise underfoot. The unpaved ground will become a slurry of refuse and mud. In these conditions, waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and dysentery can spread easily.
It’s likely that refugees will be forced to flee to higher ground as it will be impossible for people to do basic things like cook or lie down to sleep in a flooded camp. The Rohingya people have suffered so much misery and the coming monsoon season is likely to claim more lives.
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