Thousands of Rohingya, Muslim residents from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, continue to languish in southern Bangladesh almost two decades after fleeing Myanmar. “Our lives are miserable,” said Mostafa Kamal outside his makeshift hut. His family fled across the Naaf River, a natural boundary between the two countries, in 1992, and their prospects for returning look bleak. According to the laws of Myanmar, they are stateless. There are more than 200,000 Rohingya living in Bangladesh today. Many were persecuted and denied the right to religious freedom, property, as well as to marry or travel without permission, according to Amnesty International. (IRIN)

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