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The Rohingya fled atrocities in Myanmar. Now they may have to go back

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A Rohingya Muslim refugee looks on at a relief distribution point at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Photo: Munir Uz Zaman / AFP via Getty Images

Close to 670,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled genocidal horrors in Myanmar to Bangladesh. Those who survived the perilous journey, which often involves crossing the Bay of Bengal on flimsy rafts, live in squalid conditions in refugee camps. Now, both countries say they're ready to begin repatriating the Rohingya to western Myanmar.

The bottom line: The Rohingya are stateless — with Bangladesh's government calling them "undocumented Myanmar nationals" and Myanmar refusing to recognize them as citizens. They have risked death to reach Bangladesh, and some say they'd rather die than go back.