Rohingyas selling relief items, local businessmen in trouble

Shaheen Shah, Teknaf


Rohingyas sheltered in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas under Cox’s Bazar district are getting their regular needful materials under humanitarian assistance. More than one member have got relief card under falsehood. After collecting relief items with these cards they are selling the excess materials. The local administration has no headache in this regard. As Rohingyas are selling these commodities at a cheaper rate hither and thither the local businessmen are in a great problem to sell their products. They are in financial disarray.
After August 25 last year about one million Rohingyas fled from their homes and intruded into bordering upazilas Teknaf and Ukhiya following ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. More than 12 makeshift refugee camps were built in different places under these two upazilas. Nearly 11 lakh Rohingyas are living there. With government and non-government initiatives they are being provided essential commodities like rice, pulse, vegetables etc. But after getting excess relief items than their needs they are selling those.
A syndicate of unscrupulous businessmen uses the opportunity. Though relief items are selling in the open market but no measures were taken from the local administration.
Meanwhile, local people are buying these essential commodities at a cheaper rate. As a result selling in local grocery shops has got stuck. So the businessmen are in financial disarray for scarcity of buyers. They demanded to stop selling of commodities by the Rohingya people.
Abdul Karim and Ziaur Rahman of Madhur Chhara Rohingya camp under Ukhiya upazila told Rtv online that they used to sell the relief items to purchase fish and other essential items.
Hamid and Rahmatullah of Camp Five told Rtv online that they do not get all the necessary materials from government and non-government initiatives. So they have to sell the relief items to buy the other familial needs.
Local businessman Md. Shamsul Alam Saudagar told Rtv online that abatement is prevailing in the market. As the locals are buying relief items from Rohingyas at different places so the regular buyers are unwilling to go to the shops. He demanded stopping of relief items selling as soon as possible.
Another businessman named Mosharraf Saudagar told Rtv online that Rohingyas are selling relief items here and there as they get excess. Businessmen are in trouble in this situation.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Teknaf Md. Rabiul Hasan told Rtv online, we are aware of the news that Rohingyas are selling relief items in the open market. Steps will be taken after investigation.