BBC TV on Burma's state-backed sectarian violence against the Rohingya, "Buddhist" Racism and Aung San Suu Kyi's Silence

"Their fathers and forefathers were illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. We cannot accept them (the Rohingya even if they were born in our country. They have to go back to Bangladesh".

A Rakhine local

"We tried to put the flames out. T
hey shot (at us). My son was shot in the neck. He was brought to the hospital. As we were leaving the hospital they surrounded us. They were killing Muslims. They killed my husband. The police were just looking on".

One Rohingya survivor of the massacre

"When they burned the house my mother was inside. She was sick and I couldn't lift her. I heard the sound of shooting and ran away. My mother was burnt (to death)."

Another Rohingya victim

21 November 2012 Last updated at 12:59 GMTHelp

Reforms in Burma have revealed a sectarian divide between Buddhists and ethnic Muslims whose villages are being destroyed in brutal clashes with echoes of similar clashes in the Balkans, parts of Africa and Northern Ireland.

The Muslim Rohingya minority are being targeted by Burmese Buddhists and driven from their villages in their thousands. Their plight was highlighted during his recent visit by the US President Barack Obama, but hopes that Burma's most prominent civil rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi may support their cause have so far proved fruitless.

Feargal Keane reports from Burma

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