The township of Maundaw was allegedly the scene of some of the worst violence last year, at the hands of soldiers and police.Myanmar is a majority Buddhist country with more than 130 recognised ethnic groups.That sparked reprisals from security forces against Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations called "possible ethnic cleansing".Some of the 70,000 who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh told stories of atrocities at the hands of the army.The Chief Minister of Rakhine State, U Nyi Bu, rejects the allegation from Malaysian's Prime Minister that Myanmar is conducting genocide.
But Rakhine state is closed off from the world — beyond the reach of aid groups, UN observers and all but a few tightly controlled journalists.
In this video, five charred bodies lay amongst the smoking remains of a home.
A villager said they were burnt alive by police and Buddhist extremists a few days ago.
There are no easy answers, with both sides entrenched in mistrust and prejudice.
After historic elections in 2015, Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is the de facto leader of the country, but she has no control over the security forces, which continue to act as a law unto themselves.