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Flawed return deal offers no way back for Rohingya refugees

By: Sarwar Alam

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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