295 refugee families have refused to return to Myanmar. One year later, the Bengal nation failed again in an attempt to repatriate thousands of Rohingya Muslims.
A week ago, Bangladesh announced that it would begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from August 22. Following the announcement, officials from the United Nations and Bangladesh have been interviewing refugees.
Of the 7.30 lakh refugees fleeing Rakhine state in 2017, 22,000 refugees went to Bangladesh. So far, 3,450 refugees have been chosen to return to Myanmar. However, Bangladesh official Mohammed Abul Kalam said that though buses and trucks were arranged, none of the 295 families had agreed to return.
Myanmar officials said they were ready to welcome any returning refugee. Despite this assurance, refugees refuse to go back for fear of violence.
The UN has condemned the violent crackdown on Myanmar's northern state of Rakhine calling it "genocide". Western countries have alleged that the military has killed scores of innocent civilians, as well as accusing security forces of rape. Myanmar has denied the United Nations charges as discriminatory.