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Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence

Fresh fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine statehas disproportionately targeted stateless Rohingya communities

Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
Muslim Rohingya people sit on the floor inside the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located on the outskirts of Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 30, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
Muslim Rohingya people sit on the floor inside the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located on the outskirts of Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 30, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
A Muslim Rohingya woman carries her baby inside the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located on the outskirts of Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 30, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
Muslim Rohingya women walk inside the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located on the outskirts of Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 30, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
A Muslim Rohingya child lies on a bed as he awaits medical treatments at the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located on the outskirts of Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 30, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
Muslim Rohingya men prepare lunch on their boat near a temporary relief camp Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp located on the outskirts of Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 30, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
Muslim Rohingya people recently arrived from Pauktaw, some three hours away by sea, stand by their temporary camp on the shore near the village of Ohnetaw on the outskirts of Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 31, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
Muslim Rohingya people recently arrived from Pauktaw, some three hours away by sea, stand by their temporary camp on the shore near the village of Ohnetaw on the outskirts of Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine state on October 31, 2012. At least 88 people have been killed in sectarian bloodshed in Myanmar this month, the authorities said, with more than 26,000 others forced to flee a wave of rioting and arson. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
A group of Indonesian Muslims belonging to the Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on October 31, 2012 to denounce violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. According to Human Rights Watch October 27, 2012 statement, fresh fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state which has seen several thousand homes torched and sent waves of people fleeing to already overcrowded camps, has disproportionately targeted stateless Rohingya communities. (AFP/Getty Images)
Myanmar’s Muslims flee ethnic violence
A group of Indonesian Muslims belonging to the Islamic organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on October 31, 2012 to denounce violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. According to Human Rights Watch October 27, 2012 statement, fresh fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state which has seen several thousand homes torched and sent waves of people fleeing to already overcrowded camps, has disproportionately targeted stateless Rohingya communities. (AFP/Getty Images)