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Going hungry in Myanmar

Source: Reuters - Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:20 PM
Author: Reuters
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A mosque stands in ruins in Myanmar -- a legacy of the internal conflict in the Rakhine state, documented in this footage by the World Food Program.

The internal conflict between Muslims and Buddhists has caused thousands to lose their homes. Now they're going hungry.

(SOUNDBITE) (Rakhine) NWE NWE, DISPLACED BUDDHIST, SAYING:

"We had to run because Muslims burned our home. We never thought that this would happen. We had to run to save our lives, and had no time to collect our belongings or even our food."

To make matters worse, Myanmar, is plagued with one of the highest stunting rates in the world, and the Rakhine State is particularly hard-hit.

World Food Program Spokesperson Jonathan Dumont:

(SOUNDBITE) WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP) SPOKESPERSON JONATHAN DUMONT SAYING:

"The World Food Programme is reaching almost all of them-almost all the people who have been displaced but, the funding is going to run out at the end of the year."

NGOs are trying to source food locally, both to help boost the economy, and help local farmers.

Since June 2012, the violence has killed 240, and displaced 140,000 -- mostly muslims.

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