Feature: Relief tents, supplies from China hailed as vital lifeline for displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-13 10:20:04|Editor: An
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DHAKA, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Habiba narrowly escaped violence in Myanmar and managed to flee to Bangladesh, leaving all of her belongings behind in her motherland.

She left her home in a village in the violence-ridden district of Rakhaine, in western Myanmar, which borders Bangladesh, on Sept. 30, after her husband was killed along with scores of others.

Habiba, who uses a single name, is one of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have already fled to Bangladesh after fresh violence erupted towards the end of August.

After coming to Bangladesh, Habiba said she and her children have been surviving under the open skies.

She said that even in torrential rain, she could not find a place to keep her children from getting drenched.

Habiba and her children's suffering, however, has been eased as she is one of the thousands of refugees to receive the vital relief tents sent by China for the Rohingya last week.

With support from Bangladesh Army personnel, Habiba's tent has already been set up in a camp in Bangladesh's bordering Cox's Bazar district, 292 km southeast of the capital city of Dhaka.

An exhausted Habiba, while resting in her tent in the Cox's Bazar refugee camp recently, told Xinhua how relived she was.

"We're doing so much better since we received the relief tent from China. Thankfully, we'll no longer get soaked by the rain and are far happier," she said.

"We came here on Sept. 30 after my husband and our people were killed. I fled in fear with my children," she recalled.

Fatema's predicament bears striking similarities.

"We crossed the Naf river to come here from Burma five days earlier (Aug. 25, 2017). For many days we were exposed to the elements with no shelter. For whole nights I would get drenched to the bone in the pouring rain along with my poor children."

"But the tent from China has become a wonderful new home for us," she said.

"My children and I are now safe and comfortable. Army personnel built the tent for us and now we are in no danger and can pass the days and nights in peace," Fatema told Xinhua

Rama Khatun is another lucky Rohingya woman who was allocated a Chinese relief tent.

Khatun, who came to Bangladesh from the northern Mongru area in the violence-plagued Rakhaine state, said life had been tough for the past couple of days, but things had changed for the better.

"Now we have got a tent. The Chinese tents are very big and we can all live comfortably, my children included, which feels great," she said.

Last week, Bangladeshi soldiers erected the Chinese relief tents to accommodate the throngs of Rohingya people who are still crossing into the country from Myanmar.

Officials say hundreds of tents have already been built at a new refugee camp in the southeastern Cox's Bazar district.

The Chinese relief tents will be able to accommodate tens of thousands of people, the officials said.

Military personnel have been busy putting up the Chinese tents and extending relief efforts to the Rohingyas.

China last week also sent vital relief materials for the Rohingya.

A second Chinese cargo plane carrying relief supplies for the Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong region on Thursday. This followed the first shipment which arrived from China last Wednesday.

The relief supplies included about 2,000 tents and 3,000 blankets.

More than half a million Rohingyas have so far fled to Bangladesh since the fresh wave of violence erupted in Myanmar.

Extremist terrorists launched fresh attacks on police outposts in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Aug. 25, displacing residents from a number of areas in the Maungtaw district, to border areas with Bangladesh.