Bangladesh begins transfer of Rohingya to controversial island
04 December 2020 | 2:51 pm
Bangladesh begins transferring hundreds of Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island in an area prone to cyclones and floods, with rights groups and relatives alleging people were being coerced into leaving.
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