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Close to 600,000 members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community have been forced to flee Buddhist Mynamar due to ethnic cleansing.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, called on the country’s President, Aung San Suu Kyi, to bring her security forces and state supported vigilante groups to heel following fresh reports of Rohingya villages being burned, and their inhabitans raped, tortured and murdered.

Among those horrified are U2, who campaigned for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release whilst she was an opposition leader under house arrest, and Bob Geldof who returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin award in protest at it also being held by the Myanmar leader.

Irish aid organisati­on, Concern, are among those providing emergency services for the Rohingya who’ve managed to escape over the border into neighbouri­ng Bangladesh.

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