Rohingya ‘rather die’ than return to oppression in Myanmar

Rohingya ‘rather die’ than return to oppression in Myanmar

Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) (AFP) – Disease, hunger and misery stalk the Rohingya living in Bangladesh’s refugee camps but despite the grinding hardship, few are willing to consider the alternative — returning home under a deal struck with Myanmar.
Rohingya 'rather die' than return to oppression in Myanmar

The arrangement signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh in November to start repatriating refugees within two months is viewed with deep suspicion and dread by Rohingya still traumatised by the violent expulsion from their homeland.

“They make deals, but they won’t follow them,” said Rohingya refugee Mohammad Syed, who estimated his age at 33.

“When we go back, they will torture and kill us again.”

Their fear is not misplaced.

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