Burma Times Correspondent: August 09, 2015
A high ranking delegation from the government of Bangladesh visited the Nayapara refugee camp on Thursday. The delegation was led by the Secretary of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, Shah Kamal.
During the visit, the Secretary visited the medical centre, local schools, women’s workshop and display centres and a goat rearing initiative.
Previously, the authorities of Nayapara refugee camp had made preparations to impress the government delegation.
While in normal times, there is nothing in the display centre, during the government delegation’s visit, it was stocked with artefacts supposedly created by Rohingya women trained in Nayapara refugee camp. In truth, the artefacts on display had been purchased from the market.
The training centre for women, much admired by the visiting team is also a sham and does not actually impart any skills to the women who train there.
Meanwhile the schools have seen little improvement in more than a decade and don’t have the facilities to go over class five.
The medical centre well refurbished with medicines on Thursday is another facade. In normal times, there is little medicine to be found here.
The goats shown to the secretary was less misleading. They are always as malnourished as they seemed.
The measures taken by the camp authorities to paint a rosy picture of the Nayapara refugee camp to outsiders has long been a subject of scorn for the refugees.