Locals extend help to Rohingya refugees after fire destroys Delhi's only camp

Maricruz Casares
Abril 16, 2018

A massive fire at a camp of the Rohingya refugees in southeast Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area on Sunday rendered at least 228 of them homeless, police said.

However, due to the fire, the 50 families that lived at the camp lost ID cards and documents pertaining to their origin in Myanmar's Rakhine state as well as their United Nations cards giving them refugee status.

"It will be very hard for these people now as all they had, has been gutted in the fire", she added. "Three cylinders also exploded during the rescue operation", a police officer said.

Mohammad Shakir, one of the residents of the camp said that about 230 people from the Rohingya community were staying in the camp. "We are being provided food and clothes by the locals, a lot of help was provided by police", a resident said. "The fire spread across the camp within 15 minutes". "Ten fire tenders were sent to the spot", an official of the fire department told Scroll.in. "Nothing could be saved - money, clothes, essential belongings or even our identity cards", said a camp resident.

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Residents of the camp said that the blaze appeared to have spread from the extreme right corner of the camp.

A few of them also work as auto drivers and rickshaw pullers, said a police official.

An NGO had set up the Rohingya camp in Delhi's Kalindi Kunj locality in 2012 on a 150-odd sqm plot it owns.

"We got information about the fire through messages going around on the college WhatsApp group".

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