31 Dec '12, 1am

Trapped inside #Burma refugee camps the #Rohingya people call for recognition: #Myanmar #Singapore

Trapped inside #Burma refugee camps the #Rohingya people call for recognition: #Myanmar #Singapore

The helicopter cuts a sharp arc away from the sea and sweeps over pagoda-topped hills and dusty farmland until a mass of dirty white tents comes into view. Soon throngs of people can be seen coming out of their makeshift homes and rushing towards the airfield, until they resemble a human fence, snaking five-deep around the camp. There are mothers in pastel hijabs, men in T-shirts and longyis, and naked children clutching on to grandparents, jostling for space among puddles and dust, held back by guards with rifles. Here at Pauktaw refugee camp in Rakhine state – home to the inhabitants of five Rohingya Muslim villages who fled intercommunal conflict in western Burma this year – there are no schools, no work and no fields to cultivate – because no one is allowed to leave. When a helicopter lands, they hope it will bring either more supplies or some end to a way of life that...

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/20/burma-rohingy...

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