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Jonathan Head: Myanmar's long-targeted minority creates havoc in the region

Aung Mingalar, the last Muslim neighborhood in Sittwe. Residents need police permission to leave. (Photo by Jonathan Head)

The 1 million or so Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and their use of the term Rohingya to identify themselves, are at the center of one of the most intractable and damaging issues in the country. The nation is riven with conflicts arising from its 50 years of isolationist military rule. The Rohingya crisis threatens to undo much of the progress made in repairing relations with the world.

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