Burma Times Correspondent: January 27, 2015
Left without a husband, Mabia Khatun and her family were always more vulnerable in the tough neighbourhood called Kutupalong refugee camp. As one of Bangladesh’s 30,000 registered refugee, Mabia and her family were however assured the bare necessities – – food and shelter. Until S. M Sarwar took over as Camp-in-Charge.
One day Sarwar and his people came to her hut, physically assaulted her and dragged her out in full view of her children. Mabia’s fault was that her daughter Hosnara Begum had eloped and married, an allegation not supported by fact. The truth is Hosnara got married to a Rohingya man over telephone with full consent of the families.
Since then, Mabia and her family are passing their days without shelter in the cold. Her requests to CIC Sarwar to unlock her home has fallen into deaf ears. Sarwar says that she needs to provide him with the bridegroom’s photo, marriage affidavit form, and marriage invitation card to prove her family innocent. Also she must sign a confession saying that she had bribed Rohingya elders 15,000 taka.
Refugees say that CIC Sarwar has been making life very difficult for them.