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Economies begin to flourish at Rohingya refugee camps

Steady salaries and supplies create 'comfort' that could impede repatriation

Children draw Myanmar flags at a school in a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh.

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- In the end of February, 36-year-old Rohingya refugee Roshid Ahammad started working at a grocery store owned by a Bangladeshi, selling tobacco, eggs and beverages, earning about 4,000 taka ($48) a month.

While he says he still wants to return to Myanmar, where there are better jobs, the money he makes now makes it easier to support his wife and four sons. Previously, he had worked at a rice mill in Maungdaw in Myanmar's state of Rakhine, earning over 10 times that amount before fleeing to Bangladesh in August 2017.

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