Rohingya refugees steer clear of planned repatriation to Myanmar
08 September 2019 | 5:25 pm
Some 3,450 Rohingya refugees were due to be sent back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, but none appeared at the repatriation center. The UN has confirmed that abuse tantamount to genocide had occurred in Myanmar.
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