Some 800,000 Rohingya live in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State under severe government restrictions that human rights monitors believe has fuelled the current violence between predominantly Buddhist and Muslim communities that left a number of dead and houses burnt on both sides. Stateless Rohingya cannot freely travel or marry and have limited access to education and healthcare. The Rohingya are descended from South Asians and speak a regional dialect of Bengali. Most are stateless, recognised as citizens neither by Myanmar nor neighbouring Bangladesh

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A Rohingya child rests by the window in Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people gather at a local mosque before the Friday prayers in a village north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Disabled Myanmar Rohingya man makes his way through fish market at the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people pass the time at their slum near the sea in town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya children gather in court between school and mosque before the Friday prayers in a village north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya man has face massage in beauty saloon in the village of Takebi north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya fisherman rests on his boat at the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya fishermen pause from repairing their boat at the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe at sunset. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people gather for Friday prayers in Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya students rest at a religious school of a local mosque in a village Gollyadeil north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya man holds his child as he walks through fish market at the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya child looks through holes in fence around a mosque in their slum in Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya girl wears traditional make-up at the village of Takebi north of town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya men gather at a beauty salon in the village of Takebi north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya fisherman walks back from his boat at the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Naked Myanmar Rohingya children make their way though the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya children are reflected in a fountain outside a mosque in the village of Gollyadeil north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people ride in a rickshaw in Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya woman wears traditional clothes in a village Gollyadeil north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people pass the time at their slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya girl carries her books through a fish market on her way to school in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya woman makes a fishing net in a slum in the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people wait for aid outside a mosque in Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya man sleeps at a mosque in the village north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya people beg outside a mosquein Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya people on a boat cross the river Naf, from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Teknaf. STRINGER/BANGLADESH/REUTERS

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Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya people on a boat cross the river Naf, from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Teknaf. STRINGER/BANGLADESH/REUTERS

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Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya people on a boat cross the river Naf, from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Teknaf. STRINGER/BANGLADESH/REUTERS

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Myanmar Rohingya students read books at a religious school of a local mosque in a village Gollyadeil north of the town of Sittwe. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Jun 14, 2012