Almost one year after a wave of sectarian violence against the Muslim community broke out in Rakhine state, in Western Burma, 70.000 displaced Rohingya are still caged in IDP camps located in low-lying areas next to the sea, near the state capital, Sittwe.
The rainy season is approaching, spelling disaster for the Rohingya IDPs living in appallingly precarious shelters.
The lack of food and medical assistance is evident and the already abismal hygiene conditions during the rains will worsen markedly. Given the accusations from Human Rights Watch that the government is involved in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, the future weeks do not bode well for them.
The government regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize them as Burmese citizen, despite the fact that most of them have been living in Rakhine state for generations.
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