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Rohingya villagers at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Jan. 23. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta).
Rohingya crisis

Rohingya wary of returning to Myanmar without guarantees

Suu Kyi's government unmoved by Muslim minority's demands for citizenship

YUICHI NITTA, Nikkei staff writer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Shacks made of plastic sheets and bamboo cover the hillside at the Kutupalong refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh, where roughly 600,000 residents have fled persecution in Myanmar. Some of them arrived even before neighboring Myanmar began its military crackdown against Rohingya insurgents in August.

"I do want to go back, but I can't until the government accepts our demands," Abdul Hafaze, who leads a cluster of about 2,000 shanties, told the Nikkei Asian Review. The 36-year-old man fled Myanmar six years ago and is thus not covered under the repatriation deal between the two countries. But he stressed the demands "are the consensus of refugees living here."

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