Flawed return deal offers no way back for Rohingya refugees
Bungling, distortion and diplomatic doublespeak have hollowed out the deal to repatriate Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar, with refugees refusing to return to a homeland that remains perilously insecure. “We will have to stay here for a long period, maybe generations,” Ali, a Rohingya refugee and father-of-six, said from the Kutupalong mega-camp on Bangladesh’s side of the border. In November Myanmar agreed to take back around 750,000 Rohingya from Bangladesh — which hosts around one million of the Muslim minority driven out by waves of state violence stretching back to 1978. Yet so far, Myanmar has signed off just 675…
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