Buddhist-led mobs attack international aid workers' homes in violence-wracked western Myanmar

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International and national staffs of non-governmental organizations arrive in domestic airport in Yangon from Sittwe, Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 following Buddhist-led mobs tore through streets hurling stones at the offices and residences of international aid workers in Myanmar's western Rakhine state on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of staff members. Tensions in Rakhine have been soaring ahead of a national census — the first in 30 years — with many Buddhist ethnic Rakhine saying members of the religious minority should not be allowed to identify themselves as Rohingya on the survey. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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Almost all of Myanmar's 1.3 million Rohingya live in Rakhine. Some descend from families that have been here for generations. Others arrived more recently from neighboring Bangladesh. All have been denied citizenship, rendering them stateless. For decades, they have been unable to travel freely, practice their religion, or work as teachers or doctors. They need special approval to marry and are the only people in the country barred from having more than two children.

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