Bangladeshi agreement to send back members of abused minority, due to begin on Tuesday, is on hold
The repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar has been postponed, a Bangladeshi official has said.
Abul Kalam, commissioner of the refugees, relief and repatriation commission in the coastal area of Cox’s Bazar, gave no details beyond saying that officials “are working on this”.
Refugees in Bangladesh don’t want to be repatriated to live in a Myanmar transit camp
In the last week I have spent time in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh among the Rohingya refugees in the camps of Kutupalong and Balukhali. It has been a distressing experience to speak to so many people with so little left in their lives.
I spoke to one mother of nine children, who said they fled their home in fear after her neighbours were killed. It took her eight gruelling days to get to safety. She is absolutely insistent that she won’t go back to Myanmar without the documents that establish her right to be there.