Dhaka ships Rohingya to low-lying island

Updated - December 18, 2020 06:58 pm IST

Published - December 04, 2020 10:43 pm IST - Chittagong

Bangladesh transported more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island on Friday in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 1,00,000 people.

Almost a million Rohingya — most of whom fled a military offensive in neighbouring Myanmar three years ago — live in squalid camps in south-eastern Bangladesh. Any return to Myanmar appears unlikely for now.

Dhaka wants to move 1,00,000 of the refugees to Bhashan Char.

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