BD resumes moving Rohingya refugees to flood-prone island

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Bangladesh has resumed moving Ro-hingya refugees to a remote and flood-prone island, authorities said Wednesday, despite criti-cism from aid groups and claims some are being relocated against their will.

Nearly 20,000 members of the stateless minority, who fled neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 after a brutal military crackdown, have already been sent to Bha-shan Char island.

Bangladesh eventually wants to rehouse 100,000 of its approxi-mately one million Rohingya refugees to the island, moving them from cramped relief camps on the mainland.

But hundreds already sent there have since been arrested in coastal towns after fleeing the is-land, and dozens died in August after a fishing boat carrying es-capees capsized. —Agencies

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