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Myanmar, the Rohingya crisis has lasted too long

The government must give refugees reasons to feel safe to return

Most Rohingya refugees remain in camps, such as this one in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, out of fear of being persecuted if they return to Myanmar. (Reuters)

Roughly one year has passed since about 700,000 members of Myanmar's Rohingya minority living in the western state of Rakhine were forced to flee into neighboring Bangladesh due to persecution at the hands of the military and other groups. Most of those who fled are still stuck in refugee camps, afraid to return home.

It is extremely troubling that this serious humanitarian crisis has lasted so long. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, and other officials must make it a priority to create conditions under which refugees can feel safe to return.

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