Rohingyas unable to return 4 years after clash

Four years have passed since Rohingya minority Muslim militants in Myanmar clashed with government forces. The crisis prompted more than 700,000 people to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. The military coup in Myanmar in February has made their return even more difficult.

On August 25, 2017, Rohingya militants attacked police and military facilities in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine. The military countered with a large-scale sweeping operation. Over 700,000 Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh and are still living in refugee camps there.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed on their repatriation, but many refugees say they do not want to go back due to security concerns.

More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in the military crackdown following the February coup. The military has repeatedly clashed with armed citizens and ethnic minority people across the country.

Rohingya people say they cannot return while Myanmar is being ruled by the military that persecuted them.

The situation at refugee camps in Bangladesh is dire. Many refugees have died due to fires and floods this year. They also face a risk of coronavirus infection as they live in overcrowded conditions.