The Rohingya in Myanmar: How years of strife grew into a crisis

Villages burn in the distance as Rohingya refugees walk near the Naf River separating Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Palong Khali, Bangladesh, Sept 4, 2017. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)

A military crackdown against the Rohingya ethnic group has driven hundreds of thousands of men, women and children from their homes in Myanmar.

The Rohingya have faced violence and discrimination in the majority-Buddhist country for decades, but are now fleeing in unprecedented numbers, from violence that the United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Here’s how an old and bitter dispute has managed to become even more charged.

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