DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Years-long ordeal and tireless struggle for survival has made Master Abdur Rahim adept to deal with potential disasters.

He, however, is worried about what lays in store for him and nearly a million other Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus, which has killed nearly 5,000 people in 118 countries and territories, reached Bangladesh last week.

Although only three COVID-19 cases have so far been confirmed in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation, refugees in the southern Cox’s Bazar district are distressed.

“We are poor. We are stateless. We are dependent on the mercy of others,”

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