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February 29, 2020

Bangladeshi boat people want to go back home as soon as possible

Deputy Director-General U Wai Lwin Than of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Deputy Director-General U Wai Lwin Than of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bangladeshi boat people temporarily provided shelter on humanitarian grounds at temporary relief camp in Ale Thankyaw Village were relocated to a temporary relief camp in Taungpyo Letwe Township on Monday so that they can be repatriated to their country more conveniently, according to U Wai Lwin Than, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Deputy Director U Saw Naing of Maungtaw District Immigration and National Registration Department said the Bangladesh consul asked the addresses and phone numbers of the boat people and checked whether they are Bangladesh citizens.
On Tuesday morning, Bangladeshi Consul Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman and an assistant consul interviewed the boat people at the temporary camp to make sure that they were Bangladesh citizens by checking whether their addresses were correct.
The Bangladeshi consul said that he had been in Myanmar for two years and he visited the camp to repatriate the boat people after reporting his findings to the ambassador of Bangladesh to Myanmar.
Two boat people, Mohammad Sonja Hussein and Mohammad Shaje Dullah, said that the Bangladeshi consul confirmed that all 200 boat people were from Bangladesh. They said they wanted to go back home as soon as possible.

Bangladeshi Consul Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman asks questions over citizenship of  Bangladeshi boat  people.
Bangladeshi Consul Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman asks questions over citizenship of Bangladeshi boat people.

Min Min Zaw (MNA); Photos: Maung Po Htaung

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