“The tensions will continue to increase unless the host communities are supported well. It's a difficult situation for all.”
Talks over the return of the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar have been taking place over the past two years, while there have also been reports that as many as 100,000 people could be moved to the remote island of Bhasan Char.
Musha says a number of guarantees need to come from the Myanmar government before the possibility of going back can even be considered.
The authorities in Myanmar recently cleared just 3,540 people for repatriation, only for those chosen Rohingya refugees to opt against returning to Rakhine State without assurances over their future.
This week, Concern joined 60 other local, national and international NGOs in calling for human rights for all to be recognised in Rakhine State and for Rohingya refugees to have a role in deciding the course of their own lives, including conditions for their return to Myanmar.
They are also calling for the Rohingya to have full access to education, livelihoods and protection, and the identification of both medium and long-term solutions to the crisis.
“The Rohingya people don't believe the situation in Myanmar is currently conducive to repatriation. It would be very difficult for people to go back to Myanmar unless the situation improves there,” adds Musha.
“We are still unclear whether this is going to happen. We are observing the situation. NGOs including Concern Worldwide are committed to providing lifesaving support and have urged the international community to put pressure on Myanmar to address the problem there and to support Bangladesh government to provide essential services and ensure the dignity and rights of the Rohingya people.”
Jaheda, for one, is worried about the prospect of returning to Myanmar, having found a far more settled life in Bangladesh.
“I am happy to see my children being happy,” she says.
“When I see them growing healthy and when I see my mother alive, I feel good. We have gone through so much trouble. I am happy that it has now ended. I have nothing left in my old home. I have my life and my children are much safer here. I don’t want to go back to Myanmar. I can’t tolerate seeing the place where I saw my father dying.”
*Jaheda’s name has been changed to protect her identity
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