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UN: 20,000 Rohingya Children Missed School for 1 Year

18 June 2013

The UN Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burma warns that tens of thousands of Muslim families in western Burma’s Arakan State continue to suffer the consequences of the inter-communal violence that erupted one year ago. “For example, about 20,000 primary school-aged displaced children have lost an entire school year, with no access to formal education,” the office said in a statement on Monday, adding that government restrictions imposed on the Muslim population — such as travel restrictions — were severely affecting the group’s livelihood, health and development. The violence has displaced about 140,000 people, mostly Muslims. Some 71,000 are living in UN-built shelters, the office said.