Myanmar: 'It is not good they’re not recognised' — Yangon residents react to Rohingya crisis

Residents of Yangon responded to the violence perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Tuesday. Some noted that they «feel sad» with one man saying «this should not happen.» One resident stated that the situation with the Rohingya people has deteriorated due to the «citizenship issue.» «They [the Rohingya] were born and raised here. It is not good that they’re not... Еще recognised,» said resident Ko Baydar. Some locals raised concerns over limited media access to Rakhine state which one said he believes prevents many from seeing «the real situation on the ground» as well as prevents the «determining [of] who is killing who.» Others expressed fears that unless something is done, the situation in Rakhine could spread rapidly, and affect the entire country. «Similar terror attacks can happen in mainland Myanmar. Problems can spread here in the future,» said resident Ye Htoo. Violence has erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, home to the Rohingya Muslims, after an attack on the country’s police force, allegedly by Rohingya militants, left 12 officers dead. Myanmar’s military claims to be targeting militants in response. However, according to the UN, an estimated 73,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh amid widespread reports of indiscriminate killings, arson, looting and rape in Rohingya villages. Nearly 400 people are thought to have died in the violence over the last week alone.

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