(5 Jul 2017) Ever since she was born in a squalid camp for Myanmar's displaced ethnic Rohingya minority that authorities won't let anyone leave, Rosmaida Bibi has struggled to do something most of the world's children do effortlessly: grow.
Frail and severely malnourished, she looks a lot like every other underfed child here - until you realise she's not really like any of them at all.
A tiny girl with big brown eyes, Rosmaida is 4 - but barely the size of a 1-year-old.
Half a decade after a brutal wave of anti-Muslim violence exploded in this predominantly Buddhist nation in June 2012, forcing more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims into a series of camps in western Myanmar.
Rights groups say this has been adopted by the administration of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate and longtime opposition leader who rose to power after her party swept national elections last year.
And any hope that Suu Kyi - once lauded worldwide as a human rights icon - might turn things around has been shattered by her silence and the reality that life for the Rohingya has deteriorated by the day.
Poor, unemployed, and prohibited from crossing checkpoints into the more affluent Buddhist-only areas, Begum has been unable to find anyone who can help.
The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group, have long been denied citizenship, freedom of movement and basic rights in Myanmar, a country that largely sees them as foreigners from neighbouring Bangladesh even though most were born here.
Although tensions in Rakhine state go back decades, the neighbourhood Begum grew up in in Sittwe was mixed, and she said people there used to get along.
That changed dramatically on June 5, 2012, when Buddhist mobs began attacking Muslims at will.
Begum fled her burning neighbourhood, running barefoot so hard and so fast she realised only later that her feet were covered in blood.
Today that neighborhood - where denuded trees and the destroyed remains of homes are still visible - is occupied by Buddhist squatters the government has allowed in.
Although Begum said her grandparents owned their family's house there, they have neither been allowed to return nor compensated for its destruction.
Aside from a single district, Sittwe is now entirely Buddhist, and Muslims are prohibited from walking its streets.
Matthew Smith, who runs the advocacy group Fortify Rights, said: "These displaced communities have a right to return to to their original places and it's incumbent upon the government now to respect that right and to do everything in its power ensure that these communities can rebuild their lives."
Most of the camps remain and Suu Kyi's administration still restricts access to the region, blocking journalists from independent access to the north altogether.
Last week, her government said it would also bar members of a U.N.-approved fact-finding mission from entering the country to investigate alleged rights violations by security forces against the Rohingya.
Vanna Sara, a Buddhist abbot at Sittwe's Seik Ke Daw Min monastery, said harsh policies were necessary to protect Buddhists.
Western Myanmar is on the frontline of a population explosion, and Muslims, were attempting to take over, he claimed.
When Begum settled in Dar Paing after the 2012 violence, she tried to start her life anew.
But her tragic story has mirrored that of many Rohingya.
The man she married died shortly after he was detained in Malaysia, where he was trying to bring their family for a better life.
Their son died a few hours after birth.
Begum has since remarried, but her fisherman husband sometimes comes home from a day of work with less than a dollar, or nothing.
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