Looking from Yangon, you would never know that a major humanitarian crisis has been unfolding for more than a month in Myanmar’s western region of Rakhine.
More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh since militants attacked police posts on 25 August, unleashing a massive military crackdown.
The Burmese authorities have been under mounting pressure to end the violence, address instability in Rakhine, and grant humanitarian access.
But the country’s biggest city is a picture of calm on the surface, with clean roads, plenty of greenery and orderly – if congested – traffic. Well-dressed men and women get on with their daily lives.
People here don’t use the term Rohingya. They are portrayed in the media as “Bengali Muslims” and some even describe them as illegal Bengali immigrants from Bangladesh.