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3 May 2018 11:25

  Rohingya refugees are facing fresh turmoil as the monsoon season fast approaches in Bangladesh. Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have lived in refugee camps there since last August, after fleeing neighboring Myanmar. They escaped from soldiers and gunfire, mobs that stormed through their villages, killing, raping, and burning. Living in clusters of bamboo and plastic huts, built amid endless waves of steep hills, the...

22 February 2018 14:31

  The government in Bangladesh is rapidly pushing a controversial plan to relocate some 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar to an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, where they may be stranded forever. Reuters reported on Wednesday that work on the project had accelerated in recent months as a group of foreign engineers were providing assistance to the...

22 January 2018 14:26

  Bangladesh has postponed the gradual repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, which was slated to being Tuesday, amid concerns that the refugees could be coerced into leaving. “We have not made the preparations required to send back people from tomorrow (January 23). A lot of preparation is still needed,” Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam announced...

21 January 2018 19:36

    Tension mounts at refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh, where thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims are expected to be repatriated to Myanmar, after Bangladesh threatened to cut their food ration if they do not leave the country. Chanting slogans and holding banners, dozens of refugees protested over the weekend their transfer to Myanmar, where they have faced a bloody crackdown by the military and extremist...

19 January 2018 18:39

    Hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh have protested a joint plan to repatriate them to Myanmar, where they have faced a bloody crackdown by military forces and extremist Buddhists. The refugees, living in overcrowded and squalid camps in southeastern Bangladesh, staged the protest on Friday, declaring that they did not want to be returned. Chanting slogans and holding banners, the Muslim refugees...

30 December 2017 6:42

  Bangladesh has prepared for the repatriation of 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar under an agreement between the two countries. Obaidul Quader, the Bangladeshi minister of road, transport and bridges, told reporters on Friday that the first group of the Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar by January 23. The minister made the announcement after the distribution of relief among the displaced...

13 November 2017 8:30

  Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is scheduled to set up a medical center in Bangladesh to render humanitarian supplies to Myanmar Muslim refugees. IRCS representative in Bangladesh Hassan Esfandiar said on Sunday that Iran's humanitarian aid, including sugar, cooking oil and tea, has been distributed among the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh. Following an August 25 attack against Muslim minorities by Myanmar...

15 October 2017 18:55

  A new influx of Rohingya refugees that hit Bangladesh contains around 14,000 orphans, authorities say, as new details emerge of a brutal crackdown in neighboring Myanmar which forced over half a million Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes. Bangladesh's social services department said Sunday that some 13,751 children without a parent or parents were identified in the crowded refugee camps along the...

5 October 2017 21:50

  Bangladesh says it plans to expand a massive settlement under construction in its southernmost district to house nearly 900,000 persecuted Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar. Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, minister for disaster management and relief, said on Thursday that the estimated 890,000 refugees would eventually be moved to the new site near the border town of Cox's Bazar. "All of...

5 October 2017 11:10

  Bangladeshi forces have reportedly beaten a group of Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar on arrival in Bangladesh and have destroyed some 20 boats that carried them. Refugees and local witnesses said border guards beat and arrested the Rohingya Muslims along with crew as they landed at Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh, in the early hours...

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