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After decades of military rule, new civilian-led government is in power in Myanmar. What will it mean for country's Muslim Rohingya population? TRT World's Duncan Crawford travelled to Rakhine State to find out.
Over 600,000 Rohingya have had to flee awful, systematic violence at the hands of the Myanmar military, seeking refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. Nearly two-thirds are children.
Former UN chief Kofi Annan-led commission reports over 120,000 Rohingya have languished for years in the squalid displacement camps.
On August 25, a militant Rohingya group attacked Myanmar security forces. But the scorched-earth state response has drawn international condemnation.
Rohingya stumble on landmines allegedly planted by Myanmar's army on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border as they flee Rakhine state.
The EU’s head of foreign affairs Federica Mogherini says this has become one of the most serious refugee crises of modern times.
Myanmar Minister Win Myat Aye says burned villages will become "government-managed land", raising concerns about the prospects of return for 480,000 refugees from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Zeid Raad al Hussein, the UN's human rights chief, condemns "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks against the Rohingya, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution.
Myanmar's security forces are alleged to have committed widespread human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in recent months.
Human rights groups say the move could worsen the situation on the ground.
There are still no employment or education opportunities for Rohingya Muslims outside their camps in Rakhine state.
Ten visiting investigators questioned around 35 people who gave accounts of horrors they faced, including the raping of women, killing of children and burning of villages, a local official said.
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