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Life on the divide

Fishing boats on the Naf River, which marks part of the border between Burma and Bangladesh (PHOTO: DVB)

DVB’s Doh Pyay Doh Myay roadshow travels to Maungdaw, Arakan State where the team finds desperate poverty among the Bangaldesh-Burma border town’s Buddhist and Muslim communities.

Tens of thousands of Muslims remain displaced after communal violence flared in 2012. Rohingya are denied citizenship and subjected to travel restrictions, limiting their access to health and education.

The government has lifted a State of Emergency edict and stated that there is little chance of further violence in Burma’s troubled western state. But in Arakan, poverty and ethnic tension are intertwined.