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One year after fleeing, Rohingya's mother sees little hope for the future



KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Rashida Begum has left her home in Myanmar and fled to neighboring Bangladesh a year ago. It escaped a military crackdown called the United Nations "a prime example of ethnic cleansing."

Rhinga Begum, a Rohingya refugee woman, is leaving Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on August 24, 201

8. REUTERS / Mohammad Ponir Hossain

She now lives with her family in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar The largest in the world, among the some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who have taken refuge there since August. Her eight-month-old son was born in the camp.

"I am now worried about what my son's future will be," she said. There is no education here and no hope for education either, I see no future here and there is no future. "

Myanmar says it is ready to take back the Rohingya and build transit centers for returnees. But a continuing stream of refugees underscores the lack of progress in coping with the crisis, one year after the beginning of the Army's offensive on 25 August 2017.

Rashida Begum, a Rohingya refugee woman, sits with her son in front of her makeshift tent at Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, August 24, 2018. REUTERS / Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Myanmar says its military launched a legitimate counterinsurgency operation in response to a violent campaign within the Rohingya minority, which is mostly denied citizenship in the Southeast Asian nation.

Many in the Myanmar Buddhist majority refer to the Rohingya as "Bengali," which most in the Muslim minority view as a pejorative term suggesting that they are intruders from Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Exodus has threatened Myanmar's tense transition to democracy and shattered the image of its leader, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, outside the country.

Your government has rejected most of the allegations of atrocities committed by refugees against the security forces.

"I'm afraid if we are sent back to Burma, they will kill us," Begum said. "We will go there to die If the (Myanmar) government accepts us as Rohingya citizens, we will leave, otherwise we will not."

Letter from Neil Fullick; Edited by Sam Holmes

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