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Rakhine conflict hurts Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Significance

A ceasefire agreed in November 2020 collapsed in August this year. The fighting has important ramifications not only for civilians currently living in the area but also for the more than 1 million Rohingya who reside in Bangladeshi refugee camps, having fled previous bouts of violence in Rakhine.

Impacts

  • The pause in fighting may allow the military to refocus its forces elsewhere, although that could leave it stretched thin.
  • With the end of the monsoon season, more Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh may attempt dangerous boat journeys to maritime South-east Asia.
  • China and India will seek to influence the conflicting parties to advance their geostrategic interests in Rakhine.

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