The Bangladeshi government complained that more than a thousand hectares of forest in the border region with Myanmar was damaged, resulting from encroachment and a refugee camp for more than 600,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslim minorities. However, they have no power to ban because the flow of refugees from Myanmar continues to occur.
Launched from the RFA page, Tuesday (31/10), forest area enclosed it is in Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh. According to a Bangladeshi forest policeman, Ali Hussain, Rohingya refugees are now clearing more than 657 hectares of land in the Ukhia Forest, and cutting 354 hectares of Teknaf Forest. Even some routine cut down trees for cooking or warming up.
"It's a disaster for the environment, they've cut down nearly a million trees for refugee camps," Ali said.
According to Hussain, some of his colleagues have tried to ban the Rohingya people cutting trees at random. However, he added, Rohingya people are even more fierce and attacking colleagues.
"The way out is that Myanmar has to repatriate the Rohingyas, it takes a long time, but if it does not happen, we can do nothing, and if they are gone, then we can do reforestation," Ali said.
Assistant Director of the Environment Agency of Bangladesh, Saif-ul-Isma Asrab, realized that the forest area could be seriously damaged if the Rohingyas did not move immediately. It's just that it is not easy because until now there has been no real action from both governments about the issue Rohingya.
Even the consequences of forest encroachment in Bangladesh by the Rohingyas have already claimed casualties. Six Rohingyas, including children, have been killed by wild elephants in the past two months.
"Elephants always use the same path to go and go home, they mark the road with trees, and if the trees are cut down, the elephants get confused and go into human settlements, which is often the case," said another forest policeman, Abdul Mannan.
However, Rohingya people refuse to blame for forest encroachment on the Bangladesh border. They reasoned forced because there is no other way to survive.
"Do you think the Burmese troops are thinking of the trees when they burn our village? Kill the bad guy, burn the village wrong, and if we cut the tree where it is wrong, people do that," said one Rohingya refugee Abdus Shakur (50 ). [ary]