Report: Buddhist monks in Burma shunning Muslims, blocking humanitarian aid

Monks in Rakhine during less violent times

The Independent reports that Buddhist monks in Burma are urging people not to associate with Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state in the west of the country, and are trying to block humanitarian aid from reaching the Rohingya community. The news comes after weeks of clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine that have left at least 80 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.

This Pakistani editorial calls attention to violence against the Rohingya people, whom the United Nations consider to be one of the world’s most oppressed minorities.

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