Covid-19 and the Rohingya: Staying Home when One is Homeless

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MALAYSIA’S RESPONSE TO the refugee crisis amid the global Covid-19 pandemic has drawn sharp criticism, both on the national and international front. On April 16 the country made headlines when the Royal Malaysian Navy turned away a boat carrying 200 Rohingya men, women and children; the boat is still reportedly adrift at sea. Earlier in April, over 200 refugees believed to be Rohingyas, fled from either the refugee camps in Bangladesh or the resettlement sites in the Rakhine Province of Myanmar.1 This group, comprising 152 men, 45 women and five children, was sighted near Pulau Langkawi. Since then, concerted calls to ...


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