Burma Times Correspondent: July 02, 2015
As more information comes out about Hatiya, Rohingya refugees in Nayapara and Kutupalong are increasingly worried about the future.
Refugees have come to know that the island of Thengar Char in Hatiya is submerged by water during high tide. There are also no flood defences which means they have to stay in the water during monsoon season.
The low lying island emerged from the sea only eight years ago and is not fit for habitation. It is difficult to see how the Bangladesh government plans to settle more than thirty thousand people in the area.
The island is effectively cut off from civilization. There is no way to reach the island except a boat journey taking hours.
Under such circumstances, Rohingya refugees are perplexed at the Bangladesh government decision to resettle them there. They have expressed severe displeasure at this initiative.