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From above: The Rohingya mass exodus
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CNN  — 

More than half a million Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August, pouring into Bangladesh with horrific stories of atrocities.

Separated from the rest of Myanmar by a rugged mountain chain, the region, once known as Arakan, has for most of its history been a distinct political entity.

The Rohingya trace their history here as far back as the eighth century and it’s also home to the Rakhine, a predominantly Buddhist ethnic group. Here’s a short history of the mostly Muslim Rohingya and some of the key events that have led to what the United Nations says is the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

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Sources: CNN, Rakhine Commission, UN, International Crisis Group