>> Rohingya Muslim refugees were supposed to return to Myanmar on Tuesday, but according to Bangladesh where they're staying in camps, the repatriation deal between the two sides has been delayed. An estimated 688,000 Rohingya have now fled violence in Myanmar. Officials say sorting through the list of volunteers that want to go back is taking far longer than expected.
But while they wait, tension is simmering in the camp. Most are overflowing, housing hundreds of thousands of refugees.>>
> Reuters correspondent Zeba Siddiqui is at one of the refugee camps on the border, where she says many don't want to go back.>> These people have seen their family members killed in front of their eyes.
Many of them saw their wives, mothers, or daughters raped or tortured. They're still recovering from the violence that they saw back home. So they're definitely fearful to return to the same conditions that many of them took really risky journeys to escape.>> Rohingya have long been denied citizenship in Myanmar.
Many refused to return home until that changes. They want their safety guaranteed and to be recognized as an ethnic minority. A list of demands set by Rohingya leaders also asks that homes, mosques and schools destroyed in the conflict be rebuilt. Myanmar and Bangladesh made a deal for complete repatriation within two years, using reception centers and short term camps.
>> There's a lot of skepticism among the refugees about the temporary camps that Myanmar has said it plans to house them in on return, before they're sent back home. A lot of refugees think that these temporary camps in fact, won't be temporary and they will have to live in them for a long time in prison-like conditions.
>> Myannmar said on Monday it's ready, and the camps are prepped for first arrivals. Officials stressed that the returns are voluntary, but that it might not be easy as people are reluctant to go.