The United States is expressing deep concern and says it is in close contact with Myanmar's government on the situation in that country's northwestern Rakhine State. The United Nations refugee agency now says 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh to escape violence. VOA s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
As the United Nations reports nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar, protests have taken place around the world over the crisis. The Dalai Lama and South African rights leader Desmond Tutu have weighed in, seeking better treatment for the Muslim minority group. VOA's Kate Pound Dawson reports.