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Rohingya Muslims face threatening weather

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 01:17

May 15 - Rohingya Muslims living in huts face threats of deadly weather. Julie Noce reports.

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Displaced from their homes by ethnic violence, these Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are preparing for another onslaught. A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal is expected to make landfall later in the week across parts of Myanmar, Bangladesh and parts of eastern India. These straw huts-reinforced with plastic tarps and mud- are the Rohingyas only shelter against the elements. Facing a growing anti-Muslim campaign led by radical Buddhist monks, some here say they have no desire to evacuate ahead of the storm. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 38-YEAR OLD HLA MAUNG SAYING: "I lost my mother and two young daughters during the clashes between Muslims and Rakhine (Buddhists) last year. I lost everything. That's why I pray to Allah to let all the people from here die with the storm. I don't want to go anywhere. I'll stay here. If I die, I want to die here." The United Nations says there are some 140,000 people at risk and warned a failure to evacuate could result in a humanitarian catastrophe.

Rohingya Muslims face threatening weather

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 01:17

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