YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - (11/27/17) - Rohingya Muslims confined to a camp in a troubled Myanmar state say they hope Pope Francis will call them the same as he did when he prayed for the Rohingya as brothers and sisters.
Myanmar's local Catholic Church has publicly urged Francis to avoid using the term, which is shunned by many locally because Rohingya are not a recognized ethnic minority in the country.
More than 620,000 Rohingya have fled recent violence for Bangladesh, but more than 100,000 have been confined to a concentration camp-like enclave in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe since 2012.
Faizel, a 27-year-old Rohingya in the Sittwe camp, said the residents were hopeful the pope's trip would bring positive outcomes. But he feared the pope might not use the word in the face of the pressure.
Faizel said "All Rohingya simply want to be treated the same as other human beings."
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