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- Myanmar and Bangladesh are divided by the Naf River.
- Below the river, Rakhine State in Myanmar has been a place of conflict for decades. The Rohingya people, who lived there, have not been recognized as citizens since 1982.
- This is what life on the border looks like on the ground.
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Dividing Myanmar and Bangladesh is the Naf river. At times, it’s 2 miles wide.
Below the Naf river, the Rakhine State in Myanmar has been a place of conflict for decades. The Rohingya people, who lived there, have not recognized as citizens since 1982.
In August 2017, Rohingya militants killed 12 Myanmar police officers, and Myanmar’s military responded on a massive scale. A 2018 United Nations report accused the military of genocide, including murder, imprisonment, torture, and rape.
Fearing for their safety, hundreds of thousands fled into Bangladesh, primarily by crossing the river.
Here’s what the divide between the two countries look like on the ground.
The Naf River, seen here in red, marks the boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar. It’s between one and two miles wide, and has a maximum depth of 400 feet.
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At the border’s southern tip is the Rakhine State, where much of the strife has occurred.
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The Rohingya are a group of Muslims who primarily lived in Rakhine State, and numbered around 1 million in 2017. The name "Rohingya" surfaced in the 1950s, to provide them with a collective identity.
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