Escalating tensions between Myanmar’s Rakhine Buddhists and the Muslim Rohingyase resulted in riots that lead President Thein Stein to declare the former Burma in a state of emergency. Houses were burned and many people where wounded and killed.
The conflict has displaced tens of thousands of Rohingya who are now fleeing Myanmar into neighboring countries such as Bangladesh. Bangladeshi border authorities are turning refugees away. Around 30,000 Rohingya are already in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Of the refugees being turned away, many were wounded and in need of assistance.
The Rohingya women and children above were photographed hiding in a house at Shah Pari’s Island in Teknaf, Bangladesh, June 15, 2012. This group of 10 Rohingya Muslims fled mass burning of houses and violence in Myanmar, setting out in a wooden boat for neighboring Bangladesh. The refugees were pushed back three times by border guards, but managed to cross on their fourth attempt and are now hiding with local villagers to avoid being arrested.
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