Hundreds of people have died in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine since June of this year, and thousands more have been driven from their homes, in sectarian violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists. Human Rights Watch has also warned that the government of Myanmar, which has been widely praised for its recent democratization moves, is engaging in a systematic program of violent repression against the Rohingyas.
The Rohingyas have long been denied citizenship in Myanmar, and suffer persecution in neighboring countries when they flee over the borders as refugees. An estimated 150 to 600 people have died in Rakine so far this year; sadly, Buddhist monks have been among those egging on the violence. Satellite photos show entire Rohingya neighborhoods completely destroyed in Rakine's cities.
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