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A boy looks from his temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp as Myanmar's government embarks on a national census, in Sittwe April 2, 2014. At least 20,000 people in displacement camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food stocks will run out within two weeks, imperilling thousands more. In the absence of nongovernment organisations (NGOs), the United Nations is working with the government to bring emergency supplies to camps, but that is only a short-term solution, said Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The evacuation of aid workers came as Myanmar prepared to launch its first census since 1983, which sparked controversy because it included questions on religion and ethnicity. Those are sensitive subjects in a country riven by sectarian tensions and especially in Rakhine, which is home to a million mostly stateless Rohingya whom the government refers to as Bengali, implying they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh

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A boy at in a temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp in Myanmar, where the government is conducting a national census. At least 20,000 people in displacement camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food stocks will run out within two weeks, imperilling thousands more. The UN is working with the government to bring emergency supplies to camps, but that is only a short-term solution, said Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

yanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Parliament buildings on the Stormont estate in Belfast...Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Parliament buildings on the Stormont estate in Belfast, October 24, 2013 REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the parliament buildings on the Stormont estate in Belfast

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu K...Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on October 22, 2013 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, to receive the Sakharov Human Rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown. She won the Sakharov Prize in 1990 as the military ignored elections won by her National League for Democracy party after a bloody popular uprising was suppressed. The military put Suu Kyi under house arrest for long periods and she was only freed in 2010, having insisted all the while on the need for reform and democracy in Myanmar.           AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, to receive the Sakharov EU human uights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the military crackdown in Myanmar Read more

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Children asleep on the platform of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on September 23, 2013. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city.

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Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on Monday. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city.

Pedestrians make their way along a flooded road while vehicles make slow progress in heavy traffic on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013, in Yangon, Myanmar. Heavy rains on Thursday evening caused road flooding and traffic congestion in many parts of Yangon. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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Pedestrians make their way along a flooded road while vehicles make slow progress in heavy traffic on Thursday in Yangon, MyanmarRead more

Internally displaced Rohingya women sit in the back of a truck ready to leave their camp in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Myanmar, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya people live in the plastic-roofed tents and huts made of reeds, and they distrust nearly any order from a government that barely acknowledges they exist. Even as rain and wind from the edges of Cyclone Mahasen began to pelt the coast near the city on Thursday morning, most people camped there appeared to be staying put. Some, however, were taking down their tents and hauling their belongings away in cycle-rickshaws, or carrying them in bags balanced on their heads. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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Internally displaced Rohingya women sit in the back of a truck ready to leave their camp in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Myanmar on Thursday. Tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya people who live in the plastic-roofed tents and reed huts distrust orders from a government that barely acknowledges their exist. So even as rain and wind from the edges of cyclone Mahasen began to pelt the coast near the city on Thursday morning, most people camped there appeared to be staying put. Some, however, were taking down their tents and hauling their belongings away in cycle-rickshaws, or carrying them in bags balanced on their heads

Rohingya women sit in front of their rel...Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on May 15, 2013. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than eight million people, according to the UN.  AFP PHOTO / SOE THAN WINSoe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than 8 million people, according to the UN. Read more

Muslim people sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Yangon on May 1, 2013. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said on May 1, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the nation.

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Muslims sit near their destroyed homes after riots broke out in a village at Oakkan town, about 100 km north of Yangon, on Wednesday. One person was killed and nine injured after mobs attacked mosques and burned homes in central Myanmar, authorities said, in the latest religious unrest to erupt in the country.

Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one-year-old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one-year-old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe, MyanmarRead more