Myanmar: `90,000 displaced by ethnic clashes`

Last Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 13:08

London: Around 90,000 people have been displaced after violence erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in the western part of Myanmar, according to the United Nations.

Thousands of people left their homes as violence flared in Rakhine State after a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered by three Muslims.

A series of reprisals and revenge attacks between communities has now left about 50 people dead.

Many of the displaced have sought refuge in Bangladesh, which has now closed its border.

The United Nations’ World Food Programme said it has provided emergency food supplies to more than 66,000 people, around two-thirds of those displaced, in the past week, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, two Muslim men convicted of raping and killing the Buddhist woman last month were sentenced to death on Monday.

A third man who died in jail was given a posthumous conviction.

After the woman`s murder in May, a bus carrying Muslims was attacked and ten people were killed, prompting further unrest in several towns and villages in Rakhine.


First Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 13:08

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