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Rohingya  have been described as “among the world’s least wanted and one of the world’s most persecuted minorities”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Stateless and unwanted Rohingya are an easy and vulnerable target

Buddhist monks in a hotel in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Controversial Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu has been stoking hatred against Muslims to poisonous effect

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Ugandan entrepreneurs Cedric Babu and his wife Alison, from Northern Ireland, with their children in Kampala. Photograph: Mary Fitzgerald

Uganda’s growing middle class may not be as wealthy as it would like to seem

Visitors to Lubiri Palace, home of the Buganda kabaka, or king, in Kampala, Uganda. Photograph: Michele Sibiloni/The New York Times

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A sign for the China Juba People’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. China stepped up its engagement with the newly-independent country this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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