Rohingyas

About 80pc Rohingyas want to return

MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar, says a survey.

The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.

However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added.

Xchange, an international organisation engaged in generating data to advocate better knowledge of human migration, conducted the survey based on interview with 1,360 ethnic Rohingyas between 15 September and 15 October in seven different refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

The survey pointed out that generations of Rohingya refugees staying in the camps following previous expulsions from Myanmar continue to live in poverty.

According to an UN estimate, over 622,000 Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar since August 25.

Rohingya refugees living there allege that the army is continuously planting landmines along the border and threatens any Rohingya they come across on the other side of the barbed-wire fence.

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