“At first, we [neighbours] could smell it. Then it became unbearable, and people started running around. The fumes lingered for about 20-25 minutes, burning our eyes, and causing breathing difficulties.”
Burma’s presidential spokesperson rejects Obama’s allegation that Burmese Muslims are oppressed, and refutes US claims that communities in Arakan State have been left in a precarious situation by the absence of international aid workers.
Much hot air has been expelled to debate the origins of the Rohingya since communal tensions erupted in late May and early June, but perhaps more telling is the now common refrain that they are “terrorists”