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Start of rainy season exposes risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Further downpours at Cox’s Bazar could leave refugees from Myanmar at risk of diseases, infections and mudslides

The first of much-feared rains fell on the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, bringing with it apprehension and the first signs of flooding in the camps hosting Rohingya refugees who have fled a violent crackdown in Myanmar.

An early morning downpour that fell on the flimsy bamboo and tarpaulin shacks of the sprawling camp marks the beginning of a rainy season which, it is feared, could put at least 150,000 lives at risk.

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Myanmar government is rogue and evil, says Bangladesh minister

Finance minister doubts hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees can go home

A senior minister in Bangladesh has condemned the Myanmar government as “evil” and said he did not believe the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees could be repatriated.

More than 700,000 Rohingya live in camps on the Bangladesh border of Myanmar after fleeing a campaign of violence by the military across Rahkine state. Many of their homes and villages were burned to the ground, thousands of people were killed and hundreds of women raped.

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'Lives will be lost': Bangladesh rains promise further misery for Rohingya

With the monsoon season nearing in Bangladesh, refugees living in makeshift shelters after fleeing Myanmar face a major risk from floods and landslides

A little girl dressed in pink, maybe three years old, is smiling through a rip in a tarpaulin. She is leaning against the bamboo pole holding up her home. Below her is a 15-foot drop, straight down to a dried-up riverbed.

The steep valleys across the huge Rohingya refugee camps are a growing concern as Bangladesh’s monsoon season approaches. Last summer, when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled across the border from Myanmar in the face of an alleged genocide, the Bangladesh government allocated state-owned land for their camps.

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Assam's list: Indian state preparing to deport tens of thousands of 'foreigners'

Plan to evict mostly Muslim migrants from Assam state creating panic among those who could be left without citizenship rights

Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, authorities in the north-east Indian state of Assam published a list of 19 million names. But not Hanif Khan’s.

Early the next morning police found Khan, a taxi driver from Cachar district, dead from an apparent suicide. “I am sure he killed himself after he found his name missing,” his wife Rushka says.

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Rohingya Muslims' repatriation to Myanmar postponed

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”.

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Someone has to ask the Rohingya what they actually want | Kate Allen

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.

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