Aid agencies have warned that Rohingya Muslims living in Bangladesh’s squalid refugee camps are facing yet more destruction and death due to an impending monsoon.
Since August last year 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Rakhine state in Myanmar, where, as a Muslim minority, they were persecuted by the Myanmar army and police.
They have joined an existing population of 300,000 Rohingya refugees, who left Myanmar in earlier decades, in one of Bangladesh’s poorest and most disaster-prone regions.
Conditions in the overcrowded camps are precarious, with little access to clean water and diseases rife. Now, the camps risk being wiped out altogether by the monsoon season.
“The monsoon is not a one-off…
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