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Rohingya Muslims: Buddhist Country and Myanmar Home

rohingya muslims: But he lamented how Myanmar's people have suffered and continue to suffer from civil conflict and hostilities, and insisted that everyone who calls Myanmar home deserves to have their basic human rights and dignity guaranteed, according to The Chronicle Herald. Rohingya Muslims have faced state-supported discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country for decades, deprived of citizenship and unable to access basic services such as adequate education and health care. Francis didn't cite the crackdown or even utter the contested word Rohingya in his speech to Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other authorities and diplomats in the capital. In August, the army began what it called clearance operations in Rakhine state following an attack on police posts by Rohingya insurgents. In his most anticipated speech of his weeklong trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, Francis expressed support for Suu Kyi's efforts to bring about reconciliation among different groups after decades of military dictatorship. The violence, looting and burning of villages has forced more than 620,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. ( As reported in the news.