News Desk: Another fire swept through a refugee camp housing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh yesterday, killing a six-year-old boy and leaving about 2,000 people homeless, including 1,000 children, highlighting once again the unsafe and insecure conditions in the camps.
In a statement yesterday, the international non-government organization Save the Children, which has an active presence in the camps, said that the blaze destroyed a part of Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar at around 4.30 p.m. local time yesterday afternoon, destroying 400 shelters.
This is the sixth fire this year to tear through the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, Save the Children said. In January, a massive conflagration in Kutupalong destroyed 1,200 shelters and left more than 5,000 people homeless. Four other smaller fires have occurred since then.