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US urges Myanmar to make Rohingya citizens to end boat crisis

Rohingya children receive haircuts by Indonesian volunteers at the newly set up confinement area for migrants at Bayeun, in Indonesia's Aceh province on May 22, 2015A senior US diplomat on Friday urged Myanmar to extend “citizenship” to the oppressed Rohingya minority to address an ongoing migrant crisis that has hit Southeast Asia, leaving thousands stranded at sea. More than 3,500 migrants have swum to shore or been rescued off the coasts of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh since a Thai crackdown in early May on human-trafficking threw the illicit trade into chaos. Myanmar, where many of the migrants start their journey, has faced increasing international pressure to stem the exodus from its shores and deliver urgent humanitarian relief to thousands still trapped at sea.

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