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Rohingya Hindu refugees in B’desh wishes to return to Myanmar

Los Angeles: Rohingya Hindus who sought refuge in Bangladesh want to return to Myanmar but were not being allowed by Bangladesh officials, according to the Los Angeles Times. In a report from the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, the newspaper said on Wednesday that 105 Hindu families were ready to leave when a deal was made by the UN last May for refugees to return home to Rakhine state in Myanmar. But they are stranded in Bangladesh because their return home was canceled when the UN decided it was not safe for refugees to go back to Myanmar, Hindu refugees were quoted as telling the newspaper.

The 400 Hindu refugees in Bangladesh are segregated and housed in a separate facility called Hindu Camp, which is under round-the-clock securit. Hindu and Muslim refugees in Bangladesh live in a state mutual animosity. The Los Angeles Times said that Hindu families have appealed to the Indian government for help, but have so far received only humanitarian aid. The newspaper said that the Bangladesh’s Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commission has ruled out repatriating only the Hindus, and not the Muslims, whose return the UN has determined was unsafe. (IANS)

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