Days after an attempt to begin the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh stalled, the future of the world’s most persecuted minority looks more uncertain than ever and concerns are growing that it will be years before they can return safely to Myanmar, if ever.
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Efforts by the Myanmar and Bangladesh government last week to begin the repatriation of the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox’s Bazar fell apart after not a single Rohingya agreed to go back to Myanmar, leaving one of the world’s biggest refugee crises in a further state of limbo.
The key obstacle for repatriation is that while most refugees are desperate to return home, the conditions in Rahkine state remain as dangerous and volatile as before the military crackdown in August 2017 which saw tens of thousands killed, women raped and villages razed, triggering a mass exodus.
The Myanmar government declared last week it was ready to take back the Rohingya, and had built camps and reception centres to welcome them in batches of 150 per day. However there were no guarantees of safety, citizenship and freedom of movement that the Rohingya and international community consider essential for repatriation to begin.
Apr 10, 2019Along the edge of the largest camp sheltering Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, hundreds of men and women with shovels and wicker baskets are turning a barren hill into a parking lot-sized plateau. The newly leveled land will eventually hold new stronger shelters for refugees from overcrowded parts of the camps. Under the direction of engineers […]
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