Refugees demand citizenship rights on the second anniversary of the Rohingya exodus after Myanmar crackdown.
It marked the second anniversary of their exodus into Bangladesh by rallying and praying as they demand Myanmar- citizenship and other rights before they agree to return.
More than 200,000 Rohingya participated in a peaceful protest, which was attended by UN officials at the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh’s cox’s bazar on Sunday, police officer Zakir Hassan told AFP news agency.Thousands of HIjab wearing women, children, and men wearing long lungis shouted slogans: “God is great, long live Rohingya” as they marched in the heart of the world’s largest refugee camp to commemorate what they describe as “Genocide Day”.”Never again! Rohingya genocide remembrance day” and “Restore our citizenship” were among the other shouts.
Nearly 740,000 Muslim-majority Rohingyas fled Rakhine State for Bangladesh on August 25, 2017 after Myanmar’s armed forces launched a brutal crackdown following attacks on security posts.After a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, Sunday’s rally, which saw not a single Rohingya turn up to return across the border. “We want to tell the world that we want our rights back, we want citizenship, we want our homes and land back,” Mohib Ullah, one of the organisers of Sunday’s protests, told the associate press news agency.” Myanmar is our country and we are proud Rohingyas” exclaimed Mojib.