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Bangladesh Turning Refugee Camps into Open-Air Prisons

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Expand A refugee camp for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, August 21, 2019. © 2019 Kyodo via AP Images Bangladesh Army Chief Gen. Aziz Ahmed said this week that a plan to surround the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar with barbed wire fences and guard towers was “in full swing.” The plan is the latest in a series of policies effectively cutting off more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees from the outside world. The refugees have been living under an internet blackout for more than 75 days. Bangladesh is struggling to manage the massive refugee influx and the challenges of handling grievances…

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