(Im)migration News Recap, Sept. 23-29

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Slow justice, slow return for Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh says Myanmar is slowing down the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled military-led violence against them. But Yangon says it is “doing everything on schedule.” Meanwhile, a U.S. report this week fell short of labeling “extreme,” “large-scale” and “coordinated” military attacks on the Muslim minority group genocide, or a war crime.

What’s next? How many refugees will be repatriated to Myanmar remains unclear. The consequences the perpetrators of the violence may face remains unclear. The precise death toll from those attacks remains unclear.

Down to the wire on US refugee deadline

The Trump administration wants fewer refugees to come to the U.S. in 2019, according to a proposed cap announced by the secretary of state last week. The new fiscal year begins Monday in the U.S. Before then, the president has to issue a “determination” after administration officials consult with Congress members.

Now what? With the president required to make a decision by Oct. 1, will Congress � mired in contentious hearings this week � be able to shift the needle on the refugee ceiling in time? As of 1 p.m. Friday, the State Department hadn’t responded to our request for an update on the issue.

Fear and learning in Cameroon

Millions of refugee children around the world are not in school, so when a group makes it back to the classroom, it’s noteworthy. Young Nigerian students living in Cameroon after fleeing Boko Haram violence picked up the chalk and headed back to their lessons recently. But others remain too scared. Moki Edwin Kindzeka reports from Minawao.

The only doc in town

Evan Atar Adaha runs the only hospital serving nearly 150,000 refugees in northeastern South Sudan. He lives in a tent, far from his wife and children, and sews the hospital linens himself. The U.N. is acknowledging his efforts with an award � and along with it comes a much-needed $150,000 in prize money to be used to further his work. Given that the only X-ray machine in the hospital is broken, he could definitely use the help to care for a vulnerable, traumatized community.

Source: Voice of America