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>> 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees must go home. Bangladesh says it simply can't handle the burden, as thousands stream across the border with Myanmar each day. The two countries are in talks on how to start sending them back. But as Reuters' Antoni Slodkowski reports, they may not have much to go home to.
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>> The Rohingya who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to get their land back because many of them don't have the documents proving land ownership. So the government decided that they will harvest the land which they now call ownerless, the land that used to be tilled by the Rohingya farmers.
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And they will store the rice in storage organized by the government then distribute it or use it according to their own sort of decisions.>> The Rohingya refugees are running from killings, arson, and rape carried out by the military and local mobs. A crackdown the UN calls ethnic cleansing.
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Leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised the refugees that they can return if they can prove they were residents. But many are skeptical of guarantees.>> The Rohingya in the camps right now are too traumatized to kind of really seriously ponder their return, especially when they see tens of thousands of their fellow Rohingya still crossing into Bangladesh.
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So the question of whether it's viable to actually go back to Myanmar is a very valid one because the conditions for return aren't really ready. But many of the Rohingya have told us that they would like to come back if their rights were guaranteed and if their safety and security was guaranteed by the government.
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And if they could get rights, including citizenship and other issues.>> Myanmar plans to put most of the returning refugees in so-called model villages, rather than back on the land where they lived. The UN has criticized the solution in the past, saying it's simply creating permanent camps. Meanwhile, the US says it's considering sanctions on Myanmar for the way it's treated the Rohingya, Washington's strongest response so far to the ongoing crisis.