Muslim homes demolished in Myanmar's Rakhine state
August 15 , 2012
The largest Muslim area in Myanmar’s Sittwe city has been demolished following recent communal violence, according to a UK broadcaster.
A team from Channel 4 News was able to access the city, which has been off limits to reporters for months.
The crew filmed in the Narzi area of Sittwe, which had once been home to 10,000 people.
The violence in Rakhine state was instigated in late May after a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered by three Muslims.
Sectarian clashes followed, with the homes of both Buddhists and Muslims being burnt down.
According to the UNHCR, 80,000 people have been displaced across the region due to the violence.
There has been long-standing tension between the Rakhine people, who are Buddhist and form a majority of the state's population, and Muslims.
Most of the Muslims identify themselves as Rohingya and hail from a part of Bengal, now known as Bangladesh.