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Rohingya Muslims continue to flee violence in Burma

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/30/17, 10:03 am

Close to 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma (also known as Myanmar) into neighboring Bangladesh after clashes with government troops resumed last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. Sanjukta Sahany, spokeswoman for IOM in the border town Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, said many of the minority Rohingya Muslims crossed the border with bullet wounds and burns. Hundreds of others remain stranded at the border. “People are traumatized, which is quite visible,” Sahany said.

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Pope Francis to visit Burma amid ethnic violence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/28/17, 10:51 am

Pope Francis will visit Burma and Bangladesh in November, the Vatican and Catholic leaders in the Southeast Asian country announced Monday. The trip to Burma, also called Myanmar, would be the first by a pope to the predominantly Buddhist country. Pope John Paul II visited neighboring Bangladesh in 1986. The announcement comes amid heightened clashes between the Buddhist majority and the minority Muslim Rohingya ethnic group. More than 70 people died in battles last week.

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71 dead in Burma ethnic conflict

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/25/17, 10:39 am

The Burmese government said 71 people died in a series of attacks early Friday in the country’s restive Rakhine state. Suspected Rohingya Muslim militants stormed the outposts of security forces shortly after midnight. Officials in Burma, also called Myanmar, said 59 Rohingya and 12 security troops died in the clashes. The unrest came hours after an advisory commission called on Myanmar to lift restrictions on the movement and citizenship of the Rohingya Muslim minority group to ease the ongoing violence.

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