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You're welcome to visit the longest beach in the world — unless you're a refugee

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PRI: "You're welcome to visit the longest beach in the world — unless you're a refugee"

It was a hot Saturday in May when Bangladesh’s prime minister dipped her feet in the ocean. Sheikh Hasina was visiting the beach town of Cox’s Bazar and, like anyone else, she wanted to take a barefoot stroll. The beach runs unbroken along the Bay of Bengal for 75 miles, enough to make it the world’s longest, according to the government’s tourism board.

But it “has been always neglected,” Hasina said. “It's our duty to turn it into a lucrative tourist destination."...

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