A Rohingya refugee carries his daughter as he makes his way to a refugee camp as others wait after crossing the Naf river at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palang Khali, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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