Rohingya children stand at Dar Paing refugee camp in north of Sittwe, Rakhine state, Myanmar June 24 2014. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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Born just over a year ago, Dosmeda Bibi has spent her entire short life confined to a camp for one of the world's most persecuted religious minorities. And like a growing number of other Muslim Rohingya children who are going hungry, she's showing the first signs of severe malnutrition.Myanmar's child malnutrition rate was already among the region's highest, but it's an increasingly familiar sight in the country's westernmost state of Rakhine, which is home to almost all of the country's 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims.More than 140,000 have been trapped in crowded, dirty camps since extremist Buddhist mobs began chasing them from their homes two years ago, killing up to 280 people. Last month, even Bertrand Bainvel, country representative for the U.N.'s children's agency -- which says the number of severe malnutrition cases has more than doubled between March and June to reach nearly 1,000 cases -- apologized for the use of the word "Rohingya".After Buddhist mobs attacked the family's home, her pregnant mother, Hameda Begum, moved into the Ohn Taw Gyi camp outside Sittwe.
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