Rohingya refugees have heaved a sigh of relief as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured them of repatriating them through negotiations with Myanmar.
The premier gave the assurance while visiting Rohingya people at Ukhia refugee camp in the district on Tuesday.
While talking with many of them, she said Bangladesh is a food-sufficient country. Several lakh Rohingyas can survive well here.
Sheikh Hasina assured Rohingya people that they would be sent back to their homeland through negotiations.
Talking to the daily sun, many of the ethnic minority said they were flushed out from their homes in Rakhine. They did not want this.
However, they expressed their strong desire to go back and lead a peaceful life in Myanmar.
Abdur Rahim, a Rohingya man hailed from Mongdu in Myanmar, said, “We have been forced out of homes. We want to go back home. As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured us of sending back home, we are a little bit happy.”
Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar are overcrowded, so refugees are facing a drinking water crisis.
A Rohingya woman, Sakhina Begum, said, “We are drinking the water used for sanitation. The same water is being used for cooking foods.”
The biometric registration of Rohingyas started on Monday with Rubia Khatun registered first.
Only 12 Rohingyas were registered on Tuesday due to other preoccupations of all district administration officials amid the prime minister’s visit.