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Why Buddhists turn to violence

Buddhist violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka
BBC 5 Live and Asian Network presenter Nihal Arthanayake was born into a Sri Lankan Buddhist family. He’d always associated the faith with non-violence – until he started hearing about Myanmar, a majority Buddhist country with a marginalised Rohingya Muslim community.
 
There is a history of violence in Sri Lanka, another majority Buddhist country, which reached its peak in the 30-year civil war that ended in 2009. But this year it briefly entered a state of emergency after attacks against the Muslim community there.
 
What did Nihal find out when he went back to the land he’d always associated with peace?

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