Monks offer Muslims home in Myanmar monastery

Buddhists try to build bridge over religious divide as they welcome those fleeing violence.

    More than a 1,000 Muslims who fled Myanmar's latest bout of sectarian violence have sought shelter in a Buddhist monastery guarded by army soldiers in Lashio.

    The violence in the city highlighted how anti-Muslim unrest has slowly spread across Myanmar since starting last year in western Rakhine state and hitting the central city of Meikhtila in March.

    Those offering a home distanced themselves from the Buddhists who carry out such vioelnce, and who they believe are inflaming a religious divide.

    Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Lashio.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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