Bangladesh moving refugees to island

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH (AFP) – Bangladesh began transferring hundreds of Rohingya refugees yesterday to a low-lying island in an area prone to cyclones and floods, with rights groups alleging people were being coerced into leaving.

Almost a million Rohingya – most of whom fled a military offensive in neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 – live in a vast network of squalid camps in south-eastern Bangladesh.

With many refusing to return, and with violent drug gangs and extremists active on the sites, the Bangladeshi government has grown increasingly impatient to clear out the camps.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin