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Tackle roots of Rohingya crisis

The latest boatload of 56 Rohingya refugees, including 19 children, seeking sanctuary in Malaysia this week was a grim reminder that the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state is far from over.

That the refugees chose to flee Myanmar and make the perilous journey over stormy seas rather than head for the crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh shows that the interim measures to stem and reverse the exodus of 700,000 Rohingya are not enough.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2018, with the headline 'Tackle roots of Rohingya crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe