Marriage an Uncertain Path to Citizenship for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

RFA Saturday 28th January, 2017

marriage an uncertain path to citizenship for rohingya refugees in bangladesh

Lacking adequate food, shelter and sanitation, many Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar are marrying local men in the hope of achieving citizenship and basic services.

Such marriages are illegal, and often involve polygamy, child marriage or abandonment, BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, learned during a recent visit to Rohingya refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh.

Yet both sides see potential advantages – at least at first.

Sultan Ahmed, a 29-year-old resident of Teknaf sub-district in Cox’s Bazar, recently married Samuda Begum, 16, who entered Bangladesh from Myanmar seven or eight years ago and lives in the Muchhni Rohingya camp.




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