Asean, don't look away from the Rohingya crisis

Rohingya refugees gathering behind a fence in a temporary settlement set up in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh last year. The writers say that while United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations have been act
Rohingya refugees gathering behind a fence in a temporary settlement set up in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh last year.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

The experience left us profoundly moved, not just because of the sight of so many tarpaulin-and-bamboo houses or the men, women and children who dwell in them - two families per house - but also because of the palpable desolation that only statelessness can bring out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 17, 2019, with the headline 'Asean, don't look away from the Rohingya crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe