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Rohingya’s refugees suspicious of Myanmar’s assurances to allow them back

Tim Newton

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The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya continues to be parlous despite aid agencies and the UN getting more access to the region and the flood of refugees flowing over the border into Bangladesh.

But Rohingya Muslims, now in Bangladesh, remain sceptical about their chances of ever going back to Myanmar, even though the government there is offering assurances it will accept people verified as refugees.

More than half a million Rohingya have fled from a Burmese military crackdown in the Rakhine State launched on August 25 that has been denounced by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.

Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, saying it is fighting Rohingya terrorists who have claimed attacks on the security forces. The government has said anyone verified as a refugee will be allowed to return under a process set up with Bangladesh in 1993.

Meanwhile Rohingya’s living in India are worried about the Indian government plans to deport them as well.

While it has sent relief to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, India has also announced plans to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees. VOA’s Ritul Joshi reports that residents of a displacement camp in New Delhi are nervous.

Click HERE to watch the report from Voice of America.

 

 

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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