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Updates on Muslim condition in Bago Region, after attack

Muslims fleeing homes in Bago region. Image by: COCONUTS YANGOON

Updates on Muslim condition in Bago Region, after attack
June 27
16:19 2016

Bago: Dozens of Muslim villagers in Bago Region have fled their hometown amid tensions after Buddhists attacked a local mosque on June 23, 2016.

More police were deployed to guard the village, according to officials on Saturday. Violence erupted last week when an angry mob of around 200 Buddhists attacked a Muslim village in Bago province. Around 100 police officers were deployed to keep the region in peace.

No more violence has been reported since the rioting, which left a Muslim man injured and a mosque, a religious school and a Muslim cemetery destroyed in the village, officials said. The incident caused tension between the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority and Buddhists.

A local Muslim resident Khin Oo — a member of the mosque’s caretaker committee — told Anadolu Agency on Saturday that police are doing well to guard the village.

“However most of us are still fearful of riots because this is the very first time we saw such an incident in the village’s history,” Khin Oo, 72, said by phone from Tha Yel Tha Mein.

“It will take time for us to feel safe here,” he stressed. “We feel the village is broken and we will never forget that day.”

Police said that around 70 Rohingya villagers, mostly children and women, had to take refuge in the police station in the village. According to a local police source, 50 of the 1,029 households in the village are Muslims.

The state sponsored violence in Myanmar, which began in 2012, has cost many Rohingyas their lives, and about 140,000 Rohingyas have been placed in internal displaced people camps due to increasingly violent attacks on them, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

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Edited by: Arifa

Source: Local and International Agencies.

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