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UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

Though Myanmar is carrying out its first census in 30 years, thousands of Muslim minority are likely to go uncounted.

Muslims pray at a mosque in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP) Muslims pray at a mosque in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP)
By: Associated Press | Myanmar | Published on:April 2, 2014 3:57 pm

census for weeks, as ethnic Buddhists — worried that the census would serve to legitimize the presences of Rohingya — have hung Buddhist flags on almost every home and office in Rakhine as a form of protest.

When an international aid organization that has been providing medical care for displaced Rohingya took down a flag last week, mobs started rampaging through the streets, attacking more than a dozen houses and offices of U.N. agencies, OXFAM, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders and others.

Hundreds of local and international staff have since been evacuated.

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