As Eid celebrations end, Rohingyas in Shaplapur are once again struggling from chronic food insecurity and poverty tempting many to contemplate the risky sea journey to Malaysia.
Locals say that due to charitable operations led by Al Itisam Relief Programme, a Malaysia based organisation, there was enough food, during Eid. Altogether the NGO had sacrificed fifty goats and fifty one cows in Shaplapur thus enabling impoverished Rohingyas much needed relief during the festival.
However as Eid is over, once again the hard life as a refugee in Bangladesh is beginning to bite. Work is increasingly scarce in the area and many Rohingyas often pass days without food. Disease and malnutrition is rampant and healthcare facilities are almost non-existent.
Most refugees in the area see little future in this country which struggles to provide for its own citizens and has almost zero facilities for the impoverished Rohingyas driven out through the nearby border.
Added to that is the threat of kidnapping by human traffickers. In one of the most heart breaking cases, the three year child of a kidnapped man died after the family could not afford treatment.