Massive Fire at Rohingya Refugee Camp Leaves Thousands Homeless

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In Bangladesh, hundreds of Rohingya refugees are still missing after massive fires tore through their settlement.

Families are looking for loved ones as potential solutions to this crisis are being discussed.

Rohingya refugees are trying to resume their normal activities following the wave of fires that caused chaos in this camp. There were three fires in only four days. The last fire left 15 people dead, 300 missing and destroyed the shelters of 50,000 people.

“Families were separated, some children are still looking for their parents,” said the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Ita Schuette. “This is a very difficult situation.”

In the Cox region of Bangladesh, there are more than 800,000 Rohingya. Most of them arrived in 2017 in an effort to escape repression under the government of Myanmar. They live in inhumane conditions.

They’re crowded in one of the world’s largest refugee camps and the government of Bangladesh is struggling to address this migration crisis. In fact, they are looking into a possible solution: moving 100,000 refugees to an island with enough space, but with terrible climate conditions.

Pope Francis has been following the situation closely and even visited in 2017.