Day af­ter fire, Ro­hingya refugees try to knit their lives to­gether again

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI - Ro­han Agar­wal cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

A day af­ter the mas­sive that fire razed down the only camp for Ro­hingyas in the na­tional Cap­i­tal, the res­i­dents are once again try­ing to knit their lives to­gether. Af­ter spend­ing al­most six years in the Kalindi Kunj Camp, the Ro­hingya Mus­lims are try­ing hard to stand back on their feet again.

Al­though the houses pro­vided to Ro­hingya mem­bers were small and lacked ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties, the refugees had found their hap­pi­ness in those houses and af­ter the plight that they had faced in Myan­mar, these houses were a sym­bol of bet­ter fu­ture for the Ro­hingya.

“I had seen so much in my 40 years of life, from rags to aban­don­ment by the coun­try I was born in, but af­ter we were al­lot­ted these houses by a foun­da­tion, we saw this as the start of a bet­ter life. How­ever, to­day I am left with noth­ing but sor­row,” said Raees Ahmed, who had moved to Delhi af­ter vi­o­lence on Ro­hingya in Myan­mar.

Af­ter the fire in the camp, Ro­hingya have been shifted to a makeshift camp by the Delhi gov­ern­ment un­til the fire spot is cleared by the foren­sic team to re-build houses. But the vic­tims are hop­ing for a fast clear­ance as the con­di­tion in the makeshift camps is al­most next to un­live­able. As the gov­ern­ment failed to pro­vide any mo­bile toi­let in the camp, women and chil­dren are forced to defe­cate in the open.

“The Delhi gov­ern­ment has pro­vided us a land and tents, but no pro­tec­tion against rain or in­truder has been en­sured, women in the camp are also forced to visit nearby va­cant land to defe­cate. I hope we re-build our houses so that the women and the chil­dren of our fam­i­lies can get bet­ter con­di­tions,” said Mo­ham­mad Saeed.

How­ever, sev­eral non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and stu­dents of the Delhi Univer­sity and the Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia had come to help the vic­tims.

Delhi gov­ern­ment has ar­ranged a makeshift camp for Ro­hingya—DNA

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