Since the early 1990’s many Birmese muslims (Rohingya’s) have fled Birma for the military regime. They fled to Bangladesh and other surrounding countries like India and Thailand. Between 100.000 and 300.000 Birmese muslims are living illegaly in Bangladesh, trying to mingle between the locals.
Today there are still some 21.000 official Birmese refugees living camps in Bangladesh. Since 1993 the UN has given no new refugee status to any Birmese refugee, because Birma should now be a safe country to live in. Many human rights organisations deny this however.
In 2002 the Bangladeshi government has arrested about 4.000 illegal refugees during a big military action. These arrested illegals were put on a small field next to a small town called Teknaf. There they are not allowed to work and have no acces to healthcare. Drinking water is scarce. The monsoon is flooding their tents and diseases are spreading rapidly. In the meantime nobody seems to know what to do with them.