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Rohingya in humanitarian crisis, says UN






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The UN has said Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh. The UN Secretary-General said the Rohingya are being attacked by Myanmar's security forces. Over 379,000 Rohingyas have fled the violence since last month. The BBC said whole villages have been burned down. The Myanmar army said it isn't targeting the Rohingya. The Rohingya are a mostly Muslim people. They have lived in Rakhine state for hundreds of years, but Myanmar calls them illegal immigrants.

Many people are asking Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to help the Rohingya. They want her Nobel Peace Prize to be taken away if she doesn't act. They say she cannot keep the prize while the Rohingya are suffering in her country. Ms Suu Kyi has not criticized the attacks on the Rohingya. Bangladesh has asked Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back. However, the Myanmar army said Myanmar couldn't do that. A spokesman said Buddhists are the original people of Rakhine state and have been living there, "since the time of their forefathers".

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