Update October 13, 2015

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An appeal to PM to return home

Sumel Sarker

migrant Indoneshia

An appeal to PM to return home

13 October 2015, Nirapad News: Shafiullah, hailed from Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar, is languishing in a temporary shelter in Langsa of Aceh province of Indonesia for the last five months has earnestly appealed to the government to help return to the country.

Shafiullah was rescued by Indonesian authorities in last May, along with other 1,733 people, including Bangladeshis, who took a risky journey to the South-East Asian countries.

Shafiullah and the other detained Bangladeshis have made the appeal through for their speedy repatriation.

On Monday (October 12) Shafiullah told  over cell phone that there were more than 400 Bangladeshis in Langsa camp but now about 60 are there.

He also told banglanews that they were trapped in the false promises of the traffickers and adopted a wrong route to go to Malaysia. “On the boat, we found how man can kill one another over a scrap of food,” he added.

Shafiullah told that there is no problem of food and lodging in the camp in Indonesia but “our heart is crying to see our kith and kin in the country; we are worried about them”.

Educated in Madrasa system with Alim degree, the identity of Shafiullah was confirmed by Ukhia police station before the Eid-ul-Fitr. His family paid Taka 3,000 to police as bribe for the identification and confirmation purpose.

Victim’s uncle Nur Islam on Monday evening told that Shafiullah has a 7-year old daughter and the whole family is eagerly waiting for his return.

A non-government organization Yayasan geutanyoe is working among the rescued people.

It has sent a video clip projecting the updated condition of stranded Bangladeshis who appealed to the Prime Minister and Home Minister to repatriate them to the country quickly.

International director of the organization Lilianne Fan told banglanews that the Bangladeshis are eager to return to meet their family.

She also called upon the concerned authorities to make employment opportunities in the country for them.

She informed that about 1,744 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis were rescued in Aceh province last May. These unfortunate people were floating in the sea for one month.

International organization of Migration (IOM), Bangladesh official Asif Munir told that as many as 781 Bangladeshis took shelter in Indonesian temporary camp; of them, 642 were brought back while the process of returning the rest is going on.

He told that necessary formalities regarding confirming their identities are causing the delay.

He also told that they have been providing some sort of moral boosting through counseling to the repatriated people.

“Besides, we are providing a lump sum of Tk15,000 to each of them” he added.

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