YANGON - They have seen how the troubles start from the smallest things. They have seen the police powerless before mobs fired with religious zeal and armed with bricks and swords. They have seen on TV and in newspapers the burning homes of people just like them light up the night.
A Buddhist (right) and a Muslim (left) man a barricade they set up about a month ago in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township in Yangon. As sectarian violence sweeps the country, threatening to destabilise its fragile democracy, fearful citizens are taking charge of their own security. (AP Photo)
And so they have erected rusted barbed-wire barricades and volunteered to sit on street corners, 10 men at time, watching for signs of trouble through the night.
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