Men from all over the country flock to Kachin’s jade mines in the Himalayan foothills to dig for that single stone that will make them a fortune. But far from benefiting the country, the jade deposits are driving deadly conflicts.
Myanmar's government is facing increasing international pressure for its violent crackdown on the Rohingya people. The International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction over the crisis, but a conviction is unlikely.
The UN said crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State amount to the gravest crimes under international law. The report has used some of the strongest language yet on the military crackdown in Myanmar.
Myanmar's shift to a democratic government, and the lifting of sanctions, have opened the door to lucrative new markets for jade traders. Trade of the precious stone remains hindered by corruption and low prices.
What makes Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims one of the most persecuted communities in the world? What is the conflict between the majority Buddhists and the minority Rohingya all about, and what should be done to resolve it?
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