local leadership is concerned about their plight. Hope now hinges on the Human Rights Commission's intervention.
Mr Islam said that the approach by local authorities to the matter has been dismal if not equally inimical to their plight. Alluding to the constitutional Bill of Rights vested upon citizens he said that the very clause of it stipulates vividly that not only citizens, but everyone has inherent dignity to be respected and protected.
At the same time the Ban-kara-Bodulong community, without a sailor steering the ship over the matter, is seemingly divided whether or not to reintegrate with the afflicted foreign nationals.
Many community members in the village believe in the saying, time heals and that every home needs a visitor. Some say that as hosts to these nationals, the community ought not to paint them with one brush. In the meantime some locals in the village have started opening small businesses, filling the gap left by the displaced foreigners.
The plight of displaced foreign nationals lingers on as they stay at different spots around the region.
The fate of the displaced foreigners still lingers without solution in sight.
Visited by the Kathu Gazette at various areas where they had been accommodated by well wishers, the clueless business people-cum-destitute foreigners said that no positive result has been suggested by the local leadership.
The predominantly Bangla-deshi nationals who had formerly run tuck shops and fully fledged supermarkets, fell victim to locals after a teenager was stabbed to death by one of these nationals. Their businesses were looted to zero and some burnt down. As if that was not enough, they were evicted by the community and since then their lives can be described as nomadic as they do not have permanent homes.
The slow pace at which authorities are involved in resolving the problem is also telling a big story as political wrangles have overshadowed their plight, thereby stifling humanitarian steps towards their restoration.
Mr Mohamad Islam, the spokesperson of the displaced foreigners, who is married to a lo-cal woman, said that there is nothing tangible that shows
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