12-Year-Old Rohingya Girl Missing From Haryana’s Refugee Camp Since November 4

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Missing Rohingya child Sadia

The missing complaint says Sadia was wearing a salwar suit of coffee colour and chappals when she was last seen

Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India

 NEW DELHI – A 12-year old girl of the Rohingya community has gone missing since November 4 from her camp in Nuh (formerly known as Mewat) district of Haryana, her family and community members said.

Sadia, a Class V student, was playing with her friends and siblings outside her ramshackle abode in the camp area when she went missing, according to Mohammad Naseem, an elderly member of the community who is also the caretaker of one of the camps. “It was afternoon and her mother was busy with work inside the hut,” Naseem said.

When Sadia did not return in the evening, her mother informed the community members who immediately started to search for her.

On November 6, they went to the City police station Nuh and filed a missing complaint. The police assured them that they would find the missing girl but more than three weeks have passed but there is no information on the whereabouts of Sadia so far.

Jameela, Saidia’s mother, said she once got a missed call from an unknown number. When she called back, the person on the other side said he had dialled a “wrong number”.

The family informed the police about the call who traced the location as Alwar in Rajasthan.

Sadia, who has three more siblings, lost her father two years ago. “Her mother has not stopped crying since she went missing,” Naseem said.

“Since my child went missing, I am in distress,” said Jameela, “My health has worsened and I fainted once and hurt my foot. My other children cry all the time.”

The missing complaint says Sadia was wearing a salwar suit of coffee colour and chappals when she was last seen.

Speaking with Clarion India, head constable City police station Nuh said that police had filed a case and they had also published Sadia’s photos in local newspapers. “We have put two phone numbers on tracing as well,” the head constable added.

Sadia possesses a refugee card issued by the UN refugee body. The family has been living in the Nuh refugee camp for the last few years after fleeing genocidal  violence by the Myanmar army against the Rohingya community.

In India, the UN has registered nearly 18,000 Rohingya refugees who live in camps in Jammu, Delhi, Haryana and Hyderabad.

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