Burma Times Correspondent: March 05, 2015
Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) intercepted 88 Rohingya refugees as they tried to cross over on Sunday, according to our correspondent.
There were 51 men, 24 women and 13 children in the two groups of refugees intercepted at Gundum and Jadimura.
When asked by the BGB why they were fleeing their country, some of the women said that their husbands had been killed in the 2012 riots and there was no one to protect them or feed the families. All of them complained of harrassment from police and government collaborators.
Others said that because of movement restrictions, it was impossible for them to find work. As a result many of their families were surviving only in starvation.
Contrary to the norm, some of the BGB personnal expressed sympathy for the Rohingyas. However they stated apologitacally it was part of their job to keep the refugees out of Bangladesh border.
The men were pushed back at around 9pm.
The women and children were given food and refreshments before they were pushed back half an hour later. The BGB personnal expressed their sincere regrets that they could not help them any further.