The death of a Rohingya youth with corona symptoms, panic in the camp

A 25-year-old Rohingya youth named Omar Farooq died of corona symptoms in the Kutupalong old refugee camp in Ukhia.

He was buried in the camp cemetery on Friday (May 29) morning after a limited janaza. Hafeez Jalal Ahmed, president of the Kutupalong Rohingya Refugee Camp Management Committee, said there was panic among the Rohingyas in the area when news of the young man’s death spread due to a sudden fever at the time of the Corona epidemic.

Rubel Hossain Miraj, a friend of the deceased Omar Farooq, said, “He was healthy and did not have any disease. As he felt a slight fever around 8 pm on Thursday, he left his friends’ house. If you go to sleep after eating at night, the fever increases a little. He told his parents and a friend about it before going to sleep. But Omar Farooq, a university student, did not realize that the ‘mild’ fever was an indication of death. When he did not wake up in the morning, he was found dead.


The deceased was identified as Omar Farooq Kutupalong, son of Samsul Alam of G block of old registered camp. He was a student of the 11th batch of law department of Cox’s Bazar International Private University. He worked as an interpreter for the Reuters news agency for some time during the massive influx of Rohingya in 2016.