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Hindus once sold food to Rohingyas, spoke the same language and even cut the hair of their Muslim neighbors."All of our family died at the village ... we will not go back," said Chaw Shaw Chaw Thee, one of hundreds of displaced Hindus seeking shelter in the state capital Sittwe.The 20-year-old said she lost 23 family members as Rohingya militants swarmed the clutch of Hindu villages in Kha Maung Seik, near the Bangladesh border.Sunday the army said 28 badly-decomposed bodies of Hindu men, women and children had been pulled from two mass graves in the same area. An army lockdown has made it impossible to independently verify what happened in the villages of northern Rakhine, an area dominated by Rohingya Muslims who are a minority elsewhere in the mainly Buddhist country.Hindus, who make up less than 1 percent of Rakhine's population, accuse Rohingya of massacring them, burning their homes and kidnapping women for marriage. Meanwhile the Rohingya, some 430,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh, trade accusations with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists of grisly mob attacks and army "clearance operations" that have emptied their villages.Community ties in what is also Myanmar's poorest state have now unraveled.
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