Bangladesh ships second group of Rohingya to isolated island
02 January 2021 | 9:29 am
Bangladesh has begun relocating a second group of nearly 1,000 Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal, despite calls from human rights groups to halt the process.
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