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The Rohingya children robbed of their childhood


Dhaka, Oct 19 – A seven-year-old Rohingya girl Tahmina Akter was waiting for her parent who was in a queue to receive relief food for survival.Tahmina was very upset and busy looking after her little brother in the absence of her mother. She had lost her father and they had fled from Myanmar on August 26.
While waiting for her mother in front of Balukhali camp, she would only answer our queries in monosyllables, Yes or No, and never willing to express herself, as fear stalked her eyes.
Her otherwise beautiful face was paled as she had gone through horrible events in her short life which turned her introvert.
Tahmina Akter is an example among hundreds of thousands of children who lost their parents in ‘Ethnic cleansing or Genocide’ by Myanmar Army since August 25.
Many refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh informed UNB correspondent that the highest numbers of refugees are in the 0-15 years age group. Some of them have lost their parents, or at least a parent, at an early age.
Their future has become very uncertain and they are not sure whether Myanmar will take them back as citizens or not.
Pritam Kumar Choudhury, deputy director of the social service department in Cox’s Bazar, said “The list of the orphans was 16,872 yesterday which rose to 17,624 on Wednesday. We are now just surveying and enlisting their names. But we are waiting for the direction of the social service department to take a special step for them. We are planning as it needs a large infrastructure to accommodate them.”
Some members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) who were on-duty near the border in Gumdhum on Wednesday said “We are being soft with the children as they have already gone through a lot in their life. We try to make them happy by having fun with them. They have no right to go to school and just seek relief, it is very miserable to see. But luck does not favour them.” – UNB


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