Women came for treatment but loses everything
Burma Times Correspondent: April 15, 2015
Seven Rohingya refugees trying to cross into Bangladesh have been robbed by local men who have formed a vigilante group backed by authorities.
The incident happened in Lamba Bil at around 6 am on Monday.
The four men in the group had come as seasonal day labour. Work is hard to find in Arakan where authorities don’t permit Muslims to travel outside their designated zones.
Two of the women had come to Bangladesh for medical treatment as they are not allowed in hospitals of their country where Muslim patients have been assaulted and some even killed by medical staff.
The women lost all their money they had saved up for medical treatment in Bangladesh.
One of the women had come to get married in a Bangladesh refugee camp. She lost all the gold that she had brought over.
The group of robbers were led by three men – – Rahim Ullah, Solim Ullah and Syed Amin. They were previously fishermen but changed their profession once the Bangladesh Border Guards asked for the help of local villagers to stop the entry of desperate refugees.
As the robbery of refugees trying to cross over is not punished by Bangladesh authorities, the men are finding it a more profitable profession than fishing.
The refugees were handed over to the Bangladesh Border Guards at around 7.30 pm. The push back occurred later at 8pm.