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Showing posts with label floating island. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Rohingyas were promised a new home in Bangladesh. They are now trying to escape it

New York Times
By Saif Hasnat, Sameer Yasir,
Oct 11, 2021,

Buildings meant to accommodate Rohingya refugees at Bhasan Char, Bangladesh, in the Bay of Bengal.Credit...Mahmud Hossain Opu/Associated Press

They Were Promised a New Home. Then They Tried to Escape It. 

Bangladesh is relocating Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to a vulnerable, environmentally unstable island that is giving some cause to run again.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Its name translates into “floating island,” and for up to 100,000 desperate war refugees, the low-slung landmass is supposed to be home.

One refugee, Munazar Islam, initially thought it would be his. He and his family of four fled Myanmar in 2017 after the military there unleashed a campaign of murder and rape that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. After years in a refugee camp prone to fires and floods, he accepted an invitation from the government of neighboring Bangladesh to move to the island, Bhasan Char.

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