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Rakhine Buddhists

Cyclone Mahasen a 'dress rehearsal' for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

A Rakhine girl offers food to a Buddhist monk at the Min Gan Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon season weeks away. Myanmar's Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people - mainly Rohingya Muslims - displaced by sectarian unrest last year that claimed about 200 lives and saw whole villages razed.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 12:52am

Myanmar sets new curfews after fresh violence

A man walks among debris of buildings destroyed during ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslim in Meikhtila on Monday. Photo: AP

Authorities in Myanmar imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in three townships on Tuesday after anti-Muslim religious violence touched new parts of the country, edging closer to the main city of Yangon.

27 Mar 2013 - 1:37am

Myanmar warns ethnic violence could threaten reforms

Myanmar soldiers take a break as they remove debris from destroyed buildings following the ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila. Photo: AP

Myanmar’s government warned on Monday that religious violence could threaten democratic reforms after anti-Muslim mobs rampaged through three more towns in the country’s predominantly Buddhist heartland.

26 Mar 2013 - 1:08am

Survivors criticise Myanmar regime over clashes

Rakhine refugees rest at a refugee camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. Survivors of the clashes have condemned the government for failing to prevent the violence. Photo: AP

Survivors of ethnic clashes in western Myanmar lashed out at the government for failing to prevent violence between Muslims and Buddhists that has displaced more than 28,000 people over the last week.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:38pm

Buddhists in Myanmar's Rakhine state hit back at Rohingya help

Ethnic Rakhine Buddhist women demonstrate against plans by an Islamic organisation to open an office in Sittwe. Photo: AFP

Disgruntled by international support for Muslim Rohingya in unrest-hit western Myanmar, ethnic Rakhine Buddhists are demanding recognition of their own plight and venting a rage that veers into racism.

28 Oct 2012 - 2:33am

Myanmar's forbidden love spans religious divide

Rohin Mullah reads the Koran in his tent at the Dabang camp, set up for people displaced by the sectarian unrest. Photos: AFP

Praying with a Koran on his knees in a mud-strewn camp, Rohin Mullah is one of thousands of Muslims uprooted by sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar.

But the former monk's story is far from normal.

Born a Buddhist, he fell in love with a girl on the other side of the religious divide - a member of the Rohingya minority group, largely shunned by Myanmese society.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:39am

At least three dead in fresh Myanmar clashes

Fresh clashes between Muslims and Buddhists have broken out in volatile western Myanmar, leaving at least three people dead and hundreds of homes burned to the ground.

The unrest, which erupted on Sunday night, is some of the worst reported between Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists since skirmishes swept the region in June.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:50am

Fear of attacks keep Rohingya imprisoned in Rakhine capital Sittwe

A Rohingya woman and children peer from a bamboo hut at a camp near Sittwe in Rakhine. Photo: AFP

Barbed wire and armed troops guard the Muslim quarter of a violence-wracked city in western Myanmar, a virtual prison for the families that have inhabited its narrow streets for generations.

21 Oct 2012 - 2:43am