Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after fleeing a new round of sectarian violence that erupted even as the president toured the divided region for the first time since clashes flared there last year.
Tuesday's unrest near the coastal town of Thandwe, which saw Buddhist mobs kill a 94-year-old Muslim woman and burn dozens of homes, underscored the government's persistent failure to stop the sectarian violence from spreading.
Rights groups say President Thein Sein has done little to crack down on religious intolerance and failed to bridge a divide that has left hundreds of thousands of Muslims marginalized and segregated, many of them trapped by security forces in prison-like camps for those who fled their homes.
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