Bangladeshi officials are still ‘optimistic’ about deporting at least 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, the uninhabitable, monsoon-prone island in the middle of nowhere where they’ve built army barracks for housing. They don’t even know if the 15 sq mi/40 sq km island is stable since it only emerged in the Bay of Bengal in 2006, is under water four months out of the year, has no roads or flood fences, & is nearly 40 mi/60 km from the nearest coast. It’s a dumping ground not unlike the notorious, now abandoned French penal colony on Devil’s Island. The only thing holding back the plans is that Bangladesh announced the deportations will be voluntary but they can’t find any Rohingya willing to relocate to no-mans-land.