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18 January 2018, 04:18 | Nichole Osborne
More than half a million Rohingya refugee children are at risk in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh as the cyclone and monsoon seasons approach
Representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh were discussing the implementation of a repatriation deal signed in November past year at meetings in Naypyidaw on Monday and yesterday, according to a statement.
Even as refugees continued to flee - at least 50,000 more by the end of 2017 and smaller numbers in January 2018 - Bangladesh and Myanmar started negotiations in early October and reached a bilateral agreement by mid-November to begin repatriation within two months.
Myanmar would consider resettling the people staying at the "zero line" on a priority basis.
Abd-us-Salam, who is more than 100 years old, has fled three military crackdowns in Myanmar.
The decision comes out of high-level meetings between the countries, which ended on Tuesday.
Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have brought with them consistent testimony of murder, rape and arson in the violence justified by the army as a legitimate response to the militant attacks.
"We had proposed to repatriate 15,000 Rohingyas every week but they [Myanmar] did not agree to it", Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Sufiur Rahman said.
A statement by the Bangladesh foreign ministry did not say when the process would begin.
More than 650,000 members of a different ethnic group, the Muslim Rohingya, fled to neighbouring Bangladesh past year in the face of a military crackdown.
Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's union minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, and Nyi Pu, chief minister of Rakhine State, have inspected villages and camps as preparations start to receive refugees from Bangladesh.
Under the physical arrangement, a family will be considered as a unit. "So, I think, the two countries will extend the time frame of repatriation", Chakma told BenarNews. Many have questions whether Rohingya would return to Myanmar under the current circumstances, and whether Myanmar would accept them and allow them to live freely.
"They will slaughter us all".
Myanmar and Bangladesh have reached a deal on the return of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas that sidelined the United Nations refugee agency.
During her visit to the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar on Nov 19, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, reiterated the European Union's support to the Bangladeshi authorities for receiving those who have fled Northern Rakhine State.
Myanmar handed over a list of more than 1000 ARSA terrorists in November previous year. The Bangladeshis can not pronounce or write the spelling of the Myanmar villages.
Currently, the camp will be able to accommodate 300,000 people in 625 building structures.
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