Praying for Peace, Burma

by: Blaine Skrainka

June 13, 2012

Rakhine Buddhist monks pray for peace
Rakhine Buddhist monks pray for peace in Yangon, Myanmar. (Minzayar/Reuters)

Sectarian violence has swept Rakhine state in northwestern Myanmar (Burma). The rape and murder of an ethnic Rakhine Buddhist woman have sparked clashes between Buddhists and those in the Muslim minority. The recently elected civilian government has imposed military control and a nighttime curfew to quell the battling. Reports say at least 21 people have been killed while thousands of homes burn to the ground. In the wake, boatloads of Rohingya muslims are fleeing to neighboring (and unwelcoming) Bangladesh.

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Rohingya protesters gather
Rohingya Muslim protesters gather in front of a U.N. office in Bangkok, Thailand to call for an end to violence in Myanmar. (Nyein Chan Naing/EPA)


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