The plight of Myanmar's refugees

Associated Press
Muslim refugees gather at Thechaung camp refugee camp upon arrival in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Boats carrying some of those fleeing arrived outside the state capital, Sittwe. They trudged to the nearby Thechaung camp, a place already home to thousands of Rohingya Muslims who took refuge there after a previous wave of violence in June.  (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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Thousands of refugees from fighting in remote northern Myanmar have flooded into makeshift tent cities erected on the other side of the long border with China, creating a humanitarian crisis. Boatloads of Muslims struggled to reach refugee camps and sought safety on islands and in coastal villages. Myanmar faces sectarian strife that could deal a setback to the government’s significant political, economic, and social reforms that have been made since the democratic transition began in 2011.

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