RELIGION
08/08/2014 10:25 am ET Updated Aug 08, 2014

Extremist Buddhist Network Sows Anti-Muslim Discord Across Asia

LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI via Getty Images

Saffron-clad monks have been instrumental in anti-Muslim riots in Burma and Sri Lanka, and have their eyes on sowing discord further afield.

During her long career as a teacher, Nafeesathiek Thahira Sahabdeen prided herself on treating children of all backgrounds the same. That didn’t help her on June 15, though, when a radical Buddhist mob ransacked her home in Dharga Town, a thriving trading hub in southwest Sri Lanka. The 68-year-old Muslim was left “penniless, homeless and heartbroken,” she says. “I thought I would die. I was so afraid.”

Read more on time.com

CONVERSATIONS