Massacred at Home, in Misery Abroad, 730,000 Rohingya Are Mired in Hopelessness

merlin_159548847_9b725503-6ea7-4382-bd15-4beab75a35e5-superJumboSource: The New York Times

 

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept.

 

NGA KHU YA, Myanmar — Rusting behind barbed wire, rows of trailers at a repatriation center sit empty and uninviting, evocative of a prison awaiting its inmates.

In a deserted arrivals trailer, uniformed officers loiter at their desks, expectant grins on their faces. Signs explain the steps involved in welcoming Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar: Stand here for photographs, go there for identity cards.

Men stand guard with security wands, as if this were an international airport rather than an inhospitable holding pen in a desolate frontier.

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