Columbia Muslims rally for peace in Myanmar

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COLUMBIA - More than 50 people marched the streets of downtown Columbia to rally for peace in Myanmar, formally known as Burma, Friday afternoon.The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Center of Central Missouri organized the rally, which ended in Sen. Claire McCaskill's office. Marchers spoke with the senator's representative and hope she will encourage fellow lawmakers to end human rights violations in Myanmar.Violence towards Rohingya Muslims has increased during the past three weeks, specifically towards women and children in the region. The United Nations said it is a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing."A large portion of Rohingya natives practice Islam, but most people in Myanmar practice Buddhism. The country's government has...

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