New census continues to identify Rohingya children as Bengalis

May 29, 2017

 Lawaka

Buthidaung- A new census on young Rohingya children that started from Friday has identified them as Bengalis.

Diplomatic sources have long said that due to successful negotiations, the Myanmar government will cease identifying new born and unregistered children as Bengalis, and instead identify them as Rakhine Muslims.

However, a census that started from Buthidaung town has identified all children as Bengalis.

Myanmar refuses to accept the Rohingya as a distinct and indeginious ethnic group and claims they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Locals say the initiative to identify the children as Bengalis will one day result in their expulsion to Bangladesh.

Authorities have said the census will last for 21 days.