16 May '18, 6am

Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramadan in refugee camps

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village - fish to break the day's fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others like him living in squalor in Bangladesh, the start of the Islamic holy month now serves as a bitter reminder of everything they have lost since being driven from Myanmar in an army crackdown. Advertisement "Here, we can't afford gifts and don't have good food ... because this is not our country," Hashim told AFP on a barren hillside in Cox's Bazar district. The United Nations has described the army purge against the persecuted minority as ethnic cleansing, and thousands of Rohingya Muslims were believed to have been slaughtered in the pogrom that began last August. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled the violence for Bangladesh....

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