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200,000 Rohingya Rally to mark ‘Genocide Day’ in Bangladesh Camps

Refugees in camps demand rights and citizenship on second anniversary of exodus after Myanmar crackdown.

Some 200,000 Rohingya rallied in a Bangladesh refugee camp to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces.

Around 740,000 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state escaped in August 2017 during the brutal offensive, joining another 200,000 who fled earlier persecution.

The nearly one million refugees now live in three dozen squalid camps in Bangladesh’s southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar.

On Sunday, under the scorching sun, thousands joined in a popular song with the lyrics “the world does not listen to the woes of Rohingya”.

Children, hijab-wearing women, and men in long-skirt lungis shouted “God is Great, Long Live Rohingya” as they marched at the heart of the world’s largest refugee camp, to commemorate what they described as “Genocide Day”.

Myanmar had said they were conducting counter-insurgency operations against Rohingya extremists after they attacked police posts, but the United Nations last year called for Myanmar’s top generals to be prosecuted for genocide over the crisis.

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