UN: 140,000 displaced in Rakhine
- Published: 18 Jun 2013 at 15.40
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YANGON - A year after sectarian violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state, some 140,000 people remain in camps with little hope of returning home, United Nations sources said Tuesday.
Fighting between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya communities broke out in the northern townships of Rakhine state in mid-June 2012, sparked by the alleged rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by three Muslims.
The violence claimed up to 167 lives, destroyed 10,000 buildings and ultimately displaced 140,000 people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
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