The latest arrivals have joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled in earlier waves from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution. Most live in desperate conditions with limited access to food, sanitation or health facilities and local officials fear a lack of family planning could stretch resources even further.
Pintu Kanti Bhattacharjee, who heads the family planning service in the district of Cox’s Bazar where the camps are based, said there was little awareness of birth control among the Rohingya. “The whole community has been deliberately left behind,” he said, citing a lack of education in Myanmar, where the Rohingya are viewed as illegal immigrants and denied access to many services.
Bhattacharjee said large families were the norm in the camps, where some parents had up to 19 children and many Rohingya men have more than one wife. District family planning authorities have launched a drive to provide contraception, but say they have so far managed to distribute just 549 packets of condoms among the refugees, who are reluctant to use them.
They have asked the government to approve a plan to launch vasectomies for Rohingya men and tubectomies for women, Bhattacharjee said. But they are likely to face an uphill struggle.
(Blogger’s Notes: Rohingya Mulsim Imams have always violently rejected the Family Planning and Population Control even back in Burma where government-provided family planning has been a great success for very long time now. My mother had a free tubectomy operation provided by a government women-hospital in 1967 after already having four sons. Burmese population has been stable for nearly a century unlike Bangladesh with population nearly four times of Buddhist Burma which is five times the size of Muslim Bangladesh.)
|Tubectomy operation women.|
Farhana Sultana, a family planning volunteer who works with Rohingya refugees in the camps, said many of the women she spoke to believed birth control was a sin. “In Rakhine they did not go to family planning clinics, fearing the Myanmar authorities would give medicine that harms them or their children,” Sultana said.
Volunteers said they struggled to sell the benefits of birth control to Rohingya women, most of whom came to them for advice on pregnancy complications or help with newborns. Sabura, a mother of seven, said her husband believed the couple could support a large family.
“I spoke to my husband about birth control measures. But he is not convinced. He was given two condoms but he did not use them,” she said. “My husband said we need more children as we have land and property (in Rakhine). We don’t have to worry to feed them,” she said.
Bangladesh has for years run a successful domestic sterilisation programme, offering 2,300 taka ($28) and a traditional lungi garment to each man who agrees to undergo the procedure. Every month 250 people undergo sterilisation in the border town of Cox’s Bazar.
|Imam Hussein's family of 35 (1 man, 4 wives, 16 sons, and 14 daughters.)|
|Forced Sterilization is the only answer to control the population of rapid-breeding Rohingya-Muslims.|
Authorities in Bangladesh plan to introduce a voluntary sterilization program for camps housing Rohingya refugees who’ve fled violence in Burma. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in Bangladeshi camps following a military crackdown against the minority group in neighboring Burma’s Rakhine state.
Bangladeshi officials say resources have been stretched thin in the camps and efforts to promote birth control among refugees have so far been ineffective. District family planning authorities have asked the government to sign off on a plan to carry out vasectomies for Rohingya men and tubectomies for women, according to Pintu Kanti Bhattacharjee, the head of family planning services in the camps.
“Sterilization of the males is the best way to control the population. If a man is sterilized, he cannot father a child even if he marries four or five times,” Bhattacharjee told Agence France-Presse. About 20,000 Rohingya women are currently pregnant and 600 have given birth since their arrival in the camps, officials said.
|Every aspect of Rohingya lives is tightly controlled by fundamentalist-Islamic Imams who|
violently reject family planning as they want their numbers in Buddhist Burma
to rapidly multiply to exterminate Burmese Buddhists.
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