Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called on his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to raise her voice against the military-led operations against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, which have driven more than 270,000 refugees from the country in the past two weeks.

The archbishop said the “unfolding horror” and “ethnic cleansing” in the country’s Rahkine region had forced him to speak out in an open letter to the woman he considered “a dearly beloved sister”, urging her to intervene in the crisis.

“I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness,” he wrote.

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