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We must not fail the Rohingya again

Oxford   /   Tue, December 19, 2017   /  03:50 pm
We must not fail the Rohingya again This photograph taken on October 28, 2017 shows Rohingya refugee children watching the Bangladeshi theatre group (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

It took the tug of a shirt. A history revisited. One of Oxfam’s most experienced water engineers, Zulfiquar Ali Haider, was recently approached by a man in his 60s, who was living in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. Extraordinarily the refugee recognized Haider — as the man who helped to save his life by providing emergency water two decades before. It was a reunion tinged with sadness. For the third time in 40 years the world watches Rohingya people forced to flee after being attacked and driven from their homes. Aid workers like Haider are deployed yet again. The international community watches, again, having collectively failed to find a lasting solution to the decades-long oppression of Rohingya in their own country. I feel a personal sense of déjà vu: it brings back painful memories of the Rwandan genocide and exodus that took place on my doorstep in...

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