Burma Times Correspondent: March 26, 2015
In a rare show of solidarity, some Bengali villagers around the Leda refugee camp have petitioned a government administrator to ensure water for the Rohingya refugees.
Our correspondent says that villagers marched to the office of the Tana Nirbahi Officer (TNO) on Wednesday and demanded that the government allow water for the desperate refugees.
The villagers said that the refugee children were falling sick and even dying after drinking dirty water. As a result, they have been compelled to share water from their ponds and tube wells, which in turn is leaving them dry.
Villagers also told the TNO that since Bangladesh government can give land for refugees, there is no excuse for them not to give water.
The initiative by local villagers has been praised by refugees of Leda camp where Bangladesh government suspended the activities of Muslim Aid in February.
Meanwhile the humanitarian situation in the overcrowded refugee camp remains alarmingly bad as children suffer from water borne diseases and cannot access any medical facilities.