May 30, 2017
Akyab- Three women have been arrested by La Wa Ka officials in the Akyab (Sittwe) airport on Saturday after they tried to go to Yangon with fake pink cards, according to our correspondent in the area.
The detainees are Rehana, 18, from Saki Para, Rezwana, 20, from Saki Para and Noor Nahar, 18, from Dabaing.
La Wa Ka has charged all three women and sent them to police custody.
The living conditions in the Akyab Rohingya settlements, more accurately the IDP camps have been described by international observers as ‘being among the worst in the world’. Our correspondents and sources have said many people are desperate to escape the dire conditions and go anywhere, including taking risky endevours like this one which results in long jail terms and torture in custody.
Only a handful of Rohingyas have access to pink cards, given to full citizens in the country. Yangon and other places outside Northern Arakan are strictly off limits for Rohingya Muslims.