27 Mar 2018

Prison Island’ of the Rohingya: New island for refugees threatened by monsoon

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

It’s been six months since the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees began as the Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes turned on the Muslims of Rakhine State. Since then, 700,000 have escaped into Bangladesh to join more than 300,000 others who’d fled earlier. Jonathan Miller is there, finding out if a remote uninhabited island, prone to sinking, is really the answer.

 

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Senior UN officials privately express fears it could become a “prison island.”‘s been six months since the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees began as the Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes turned on the Muslims of Rakhine State. Since then, 700,000 have escaped into Bangladesh to join more than 300,000 others who’d fled earlier.

Aid agencies are working to protect their over-crowded camps from the ravages of imminent monsoon rains.

With Bangladesh unwilling to forcibly repatriate the refugees to Burma, it’s moving ahead with a highly controversial plan to relocate them instead to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal.