Monsoon Misery Puts Rohingya Kids at Risk

Heavy rainfall threatens thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with flooding and landslides, UNICEF reported yesterday.
A young boy has drowned, and more children have been injured. The rains have also damaged dozens of water distribution points and more than 600 latrines, upping the risk of waterborne diseases, UNICEF warns. 4,000 families, have been affected, with more severe weather on the way.
Politically, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is pressing for the Rohingyas’ repatriation, saying that the refugees threaten Cox Bazar’s environmental balance, Dhaka Tribune reports. And in India, the Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear petitions by 2 Rohingya men protesting the country’s plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya back to Burma, where “discrimination and possibly summary executions await them, The Hindu reports.

The solicitor general in the case said that first, it must be decided whether they are refugees or illegal immigrants.

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