Are Rohingya muslims really returning to their homes?

Myanmar Official Line: Rohingya Are Returning. But Cracks in That Story Abound.

Source: The New York Times


MAUNGDAW, Myanmar — We waded through floodwaters, past soldiers hefting rifles, and climbed into a prefabricated hut.


Inside, a row of men sat huddled against the wall as armed police and immigration officers stood over them. They were, we had been given the impression, among the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who had fled northern Rakhine State in Myanmar for Bangladesh last year in an exodus that the United States and other countries condemned as ethnic cleansing.

Now, dozens had been repatriated, officials said, thanks to the good will of the Myanmar government, which wanted to show off its commitment to welcoming back the Rohingya and the rows of barracks it had prepared for the returnees.

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