Violence has been bubbling in Rakhine State, on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, since coordinated attacks killed nine Burmese police officers six weeks ago. The authorities blame Rohingya militants—members of a Muslim ethnic group long resident in Rakhine, but (also) long denied citizenship. At least 70 people have been killed and more than 400 arrested. Human Rights Watch, a campaigning group, says around 1,250 structures, mostly homes, in Rohingya villages have been destroyed; the UN thinks 30,000-plus are displaced. Residents accuse soldiers of killing those trying to flee across the border; Myanmar’s government denies that. Aung San Suu Kyi, a revered pro-democracy activist who took over from the military junta as Myanmar’s leader last April, has been deafeningly—shockingly—silent. Kofi Annan, a former UN secretary-general, heads a task force investigating human-rights abuses in Rakhine. He has his work cut out.
Crushed: Myanmar’s Muslims
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