Myanmar Muslims from Rakhine say they found refuge in Yangon

Oct. 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Members of the minority Muslim community in Myanmar said they were able to find safety from violence in Rakhine state by hiding out in Yangon.

Hundreds of Muslims from Rakhine fled to Yangon, the country's former capital, and some told the Thai newspaper The Irrawaddy that parts of the city were safe. The report said that although Muslims are often subjected to arrest in Yangon the refugees had found "no discrimination" in the city.

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon last week said it was monitoring the security situation after at least one person was killed and scores of homes were burned to the ground during violence against the Muslim minority in Rakhine.

Myanmar is struggling to ensure a sense of national security more than two years after general elections ended military rule.

Members of an independence movement in northern Kachin state said they'd scale down their fighting after reaching a peace agreement with the government this week. The Kachin movement stopped short of declaring a cease-fire because it was wary of national security forces in the region.

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