Only a few days after the second failed attempt to repatriate Rohingya’s refugees, some 200,000 rallied in a Bangladesh refugee camp to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, AFP reported on Sunday August 25th.
Flocks of people including children, hijab-wearing women, and men in long-skirt lungis, praised god, with words like “God is Great, Long Live Rohingya" as they marched at the heart of the world's largest refugee camp to commemorate what they described as "Genocide Day", under the heating sun.
"I have come here to seek justice for the murder of my two sons. I will continue to seek justice till my last breath," 50-year-old Tayaba Khatun said as tears rolled down her cheeks.
The UN has urged Myanmar's top generals to be prosecuted for genocide over the crisis, citing that the country had previously indicated that they were conducting counter-insurgency operations against Rohingya extremists after they attacked police posts.
Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah said the stateless minority wanted to return home, but only after they are granted citizenship, their security was ensured, and they were allowed to settle back in their villages.
Security however has been tight across Kutupalang camp, the world's largest refugee settlement and home to more than 600,000 Rohingya, according to local police chief Abul Monsur. He emphasised how hundreds of police, army and border guards have been deployed to prevent any violence
Saturday witnessed an horrific incident when Bangladesh police shot dead two refugees during a gunfight in a camp after the pair were accused of killing a ruling party official.
The Rohingya are not recognised as an official minority by the Myanmar government, which considers them Bengali interlopers despite many families having lived in the country for generations, according to AFP.