Rohingyas ‘using fake passports to reach KSA’

Updated 16 April 2013

Rohingyas ‘using fake passports to reach KSA’

Some of the Muslim Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh come to the Kingdom for employment with fake Bangladeshi passports, a senior Dhaka government official claimed.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told a group of visiting foreign journalists here that some of these refugees, who were trained in militancy, have been sent to countries such as the UK, India and to some Middle Eastern countries such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia for various purposes.
According to the official, these refugees were arrested in those countries for committing various crimes. Subsequently, it was found that they were Muslim Rohingyas, who had crossed the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in the south of the country.
The minister alleged that these refugees have doctored the passports with the help of the NGOs that were working for the Muslim Rohingya camp in Bangladesh. He said that these NGOs have some links with local political parties dedicated to terror.
He said Bangladesh is home to more than 2,000 NGOs, and added that his government is greatly concerned about the issue that brings disrepute to his country.
“Muslim Rohingyas could be easily differentiated from Bangladeshis by their language since they cannot speak Bengali,” Inu said, pointing out they can only speak Rohingya and Myanmar languages. He said that the upkeep of the refugees in the camp is partly funded by the UNHCR and maintaining them is going to be a huge financial burden on the state. With the new government in power in Myanmar, Bangladesh plans to take up the issue of sending them back home.
Arab News learned that the recent Saudi delegation that visited Dhaka, had expressed concerns over the fake Bangladesh passports found among Rohingya refugees and their misdoings in the Kingdom.
Last month, the Bangladesh government urged the international community to work closely with Dhaka to assist in the process of repatriation of Myanmar refugees in the country.
The government said repatriation of Myanmar refugees was important to prevent transnational crimes including human trafficking, illicit drugs and arms trafficking as well as religious extremism along Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

KSrelief to implement education project in war-hit Syria regions 

Updated 41 min 19 sec ago

KSrelief to implement education project in war-hit Syria regions 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is working on implementing an educational project in a number of areas across Syria. 

KSrelief has visited schools in northern Syria that were massively damaged due to the country’s ongoing war. 

The humanitarian organization said it has assessed the damage to renovate 20 schools and is preparing to restore and equip them with child-friendly furniture. 

The project will provide a hundred thousands of children in relatively 320 schools with school kits containing the necessary supplies.

The will also develop the capacity of 525 teachers through training courses and awareness campaigns. 

These efforts come within the framework of the continuous support provided by the KSrelief for brothers in Syria. 



A KSRelief team assesses the damage caused on a school in Syria prior to renovation work. (SPA)