In the ensuing months, the violence spread across the country to target non-Rohingya Muslims. In the town of Myteikla this spring, a dispute at a gold shop led a mob of about 1,000 Buddhists to kill at least 44 Muslims, including 20 students and several teachers at an Islamic school.
The victims of this week’s violence were Kamans, a different Muslim minority group, whose citizenship is recognized by the government.
On Wednesday, several dozen survivors gathered in the yard of a home that had not been destroyed.
Mu Mu Khine, 24, holding her three children on her lap, said she is now homeless after watching her home burn Tuesday. She said she didn’t know if she and her family would rebuild it, or if they’d even want to, after the violence.
“I have no idea,” she said.
This story was reported with a grant from the International Reporting Project.