with contributions from Abu Rehan
 on July 13, 2018

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Ayat Ullah has to scour every article of clothing that comes before him for a stray thread or an uneven seam. Laboring in the quality control section of a factory in this southern industrial city, Ullah said that he keeps to himself, and rarely speaks unless he is spoken to. He spends his work shifts in fear, terrified of his colleagues discovering that he is not a Bangladeshi citizen.

“I can’t introduce myself as a Rohingya. I can’t talk to anyone openly,” he said. “I can’t express anything, and I feel really bad about that.”

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