Burma Times Correspondent: September 14, 2015
An influential local politician is making a fortune by embezzling aid meant for Rohingyas in the Shaplapur region of Bangladesh.
Md Aziz, popularly known as Maulavi Aziz has received huge donations from well- off Rohingyas in Bangladesh. With these funds, Aziz was supposed to build houses for hundreds of Rohingya families in his area. Earlier this year, thousands of Rohingyas were evicted from the area by Bangladesh authorities forcing the refugees to stay in makeshift shelters.
However Aziz is spending only a part of the money for building houses. Much of the money goes into his personal coffers while the rest is given to other influential local politicians.
A few days back, Aziz seized a huge amount of aid from Arab donors who had come to help the Rohingyas.
It is very difficult for donors to work with the Rohingyas without going through Aziz. However when they go through Aziz, he embezzles the lion’s share of the aid, according to local sources.