October 2, 2016

A Rohingya man had a narrow brush with death as Rakhine miscreants attempted to kill him with sharp weapons in Jaila para, Mamra.

Md Rabbani, 25, a religion teacher was going to his students on Saturday morning, when a gang of miscreants suddenly attacked him with broken bottles and sharp instruments. They attempted to stab him in the stomach and the throat area, but did not succeed.

His cries for help brought along locals whose presence neutralised the attackers. They however threatened to come back with more force and have their revenge on the Muslims. A tense atmosphere is prevailing in the neighbourhood.Mamra teaacer attack

Attackers threaten Muslims in Jaila para, Mamra

October 2, 2016

Locals say the murder of a Rohingya man near Baas Sara in Maungdaw South was the work of the notorious Abdul Hamid gang.

Hossain Ahmed, 31, a religion teacher was brutally killed and his body burned. His mutilated corpse was recovered by locals and Hlun Htein forces on Saturday at around 2pm after the kidnappers had informed his family they could collect the hostage from the particular spot in the forest.

Altogether five people were kidnapped by the gang on September 26 from the village. Four of the hostages were released after the payment of 3million kyats from two, and 2.5 million kyats from the two others. Local sources say it is likely the family of the deceased could not raise sufficient transom and was killed as a warning to others. It is feared the gang will continue to prey on villagers.

Our sources confirm the leadership of the gang is based in the Teknaf region of Bangladesh. They prey on both ordinary villagers and government collaborators, and don’t have backing of state forces. However, there are allegations that security forces have detained innocent villagers in the past for having links to the gang.

The gang is however close to some Bangladeshi politicians operating in the frontier region.dacoit

Earlier allegations that the kidnapping was the work of Arakan Army insurgents have been refuted by our correspondent and other local sources.

October 1, 2016

Nayapara refugees have boycotted food rations citing irregularities by WFP.

Our correspondent reports on Saturday, refugees complained they were deprived of 45 tk of food rations, which was adjusted against the delivery of extra cooking oil. Refugees claim the cooking oil was made as a philanthropic donation this month and WFP had no right to adjust the cost in their regular rations. They also say they would have been content if the adjustments were made per household, but authorities insist they were made against individual rations.

Refugees get food rations worth 730 Bangladesh Taka in the camps.

The boycott continued throughout Sunday. Camp leaders however say they will reach a settlement with the refugees.

The WFP has come under fire from NGOs and rights activists for slashing food rations in IDP camps inside Arakan leading to near starvation circumstances in many parts of the restive state. Registered refugees in Bangladesh camps also suffer from shortages but they don’t remotely approach the horrors of IDP camps in Arakan state.Nayapara

September 30, 2016

Three people were arrested from their prayers after Hlun Htein soldiers broke the windows of a mosque and entered the building.

Md Mofiz, Noor Alam and Md Yunus from Pengdongpi para in Maungdaw were praying on Sunday evening prayers in the Nayapara mosque when six paramilitary soldiers surrounded the mosque and broke the windows. They then went in and handcuffed the men even as they were saying the prayers.

The men were later freed on the payment of a million kyats.

Earlier this month, Arakan State’s Security and Border Affairs Minister, Colonel Htein Lin announced that almost 3,000 buildings associated with Rohingya Muslims, including 12 mosques and 35 madrasas would be demolished. Officials have also said the first of these operations would be carried out in Maungdaw.

Rohingya activists have condemned the demolition plan as part of a blueprint to annihilate the Muslims from Arakan. They hMYANMAR SECTARIAN 1958961fave also warned the demolition of Muslim buildings is a cover for mobilising nationaislt forces who want a Muslim-free Arakan.

It is not known whether Sunday’s action is part of the demolition operation, but locals say the decision is likely to have encouraged the attack by Hlun Htein forces on the Nayapara mosque.

September 30, 2016

A man maimed by the military during the 2012 riots had crossed over to Bangladesh for medical treatment, but is going back after failing to necessary funds.

25 year Kefayet Ullah from Merulla, Maungdaw South crossed over into Bangladesh on September 20 with great difficulty, in the hope that sympathetic refugees in Bangladesh would donate some money to him. But he has been unable to raise any meaningful funds.

In 2012, Kefayet was in Kiladong when army detained him and tortured him without mercy. During the torture, soldiers repeatedly hit Kefayet with full force breaking his spinal cord and bones. Since then Kefayet cannot even seat up. He even cannot go to the toilet. It is with great difficulty that he has been carried into Bangladesh.army

September 28, 2016

A Rohingya man was brutally assaulted as he went to fish in the river near his village.

At around 6pm on Sunday, 21 year Abdullah from Sidurkul, Pungná cwéng in Akyab township was attacked by a gang of Rakhine miscreants. As Abdullah cried for help, a group of Rohingyas from the neighbourhood mobilised and rescued him from the attackers.

The Rohingyas were told by their attackers that the entire violence was their fault. Witnesses say the attackers were from surrounding Rakhine settlements.

Pungná cwéng lies in the midst of a hostile Rakhine neighbourhood and residents have long been prevented from moving out of their neighbourhood to earn a livelihood. The only means of income comes from fishing but going to the river means risking attacks from hostile Rakhine neighbours. The Rohingya settlement suffers from chronic food shortages owing to the blockade.

Activists allege anti Muslim groups have systemically imposed a blockade especially on the isolated settlements. This has been described as a well planned strategy to create food shortages and force Rohingyas to move out of their territory and migrate out of the country. The plan is devised to force Rohingyas out of Arakan without attracting undue international attention. le mro river arakan state myanmar 5

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Hlun Htein personal attempted to rape a woman near Mamadia village in Mamra and grievously assaulted the victim’s husband and son when they resisted the sexual attack.

At around 11am on Saturday, Ayesha Khatun, along with her husband Abdus Shukkur and son Md Sharif went out of their village. Ayesha was working in the vegetable field while her husband and son went fishing to the nearby river.

Soon, a Hlun Htein patrol team came to the spot and finding Ayesha alone, forced themselves on her. Hearing her cries for help, her husband and son came running to the scene and tried to stop the attack.

In response, the security personal assaulted them mercilessly leaving them bleeding on the ground. The commotion however alerted Rohingya villagers from Mamadia who came rushing to the scene.

The Hlun Htein told the villagers the woman was engaged in illegal activities and they were taking her to the village headman when the two family members obstructed their duties. When asked what the woman had done, they replied they were not bound to inform the villagers and asked them to go to the headman.

However, the Hlun Htein men were seen leading Ayesha away from the village. At this point, the villagers raised a cry that the security forces were attempting to take their victim away for rape and had no intention of taking the matter to the headman.

Faced with protests by a large number of villagers, the Hlun Htein freed Ayesha but threatened the Rohingyas with dire consequences for obstructing ‘state activities’.

Following the incident, a tense atmosphere is prevailing as villagers fear retaliation by security forces.14459081 220381131710389 1971169745 n

September 29, 2016

A Hlun Htein official raped a 10 year girl at Kwangsibong in Maungdaw North.

At around 4.30 pm on Sunday, the girl along with her two younger brothers was taking food to her fisherman father when a Hlun Htein official forced her on his motorcycle and took her to a nearby hut. The assailant then started to rape the girl.

Her cries alerted locals who rushed to the spot forcing the Hlun Htein man to flee the area on his motorcycle.

The locals filed a complaint with the local Hlun Htein commander but he merely responded with transferring the rapist to Taimbru. The officer has told the Rohingyas the transfer is sufficient punishment for the guilty Hlun Htein man.

The idenity of the victim has been concealed for privacy reasons. bgp

September 27, 2016

A Rohingya boy narrowly escaped with his life as Rakhine miscreants attempted to cut his throat at Fudur Kul, Pathor Keela.

At around sunset on Saturday, Hala Shuna was returning home when some drunk Rakhine men from a roadside pub called out to him and said they had some important task for him. When Shuna approached the men, they dragged him inside and tried to cut his throat with a knife.

His cries however alerted his friends and family members nearby and they managed to rush to the spot. The attack has however left Shuna with a serious injury to his throat and he had to be taken for medical treatment.

Following the rescue, the attackers blamed the Rohingyas for causing trouble in the neighbourhood and cursed the Muslims in obscene language. Local sources however confirmed the situation has not escalated since thenpathor k pub.

September 28, 2016

An attack in the middle of the river has left a fisherman seriously injured.

On Monday at around 3pm, Osman was fishing in a small boat along with two others, when unidentified assailants from another boat hit him hard on the hand with an oar. Following the attack, the miscreants quickly left the spot.

The attack has left Osman with a broken hand. His two companions are reported unscathed from the incident.

Fishing and logging are the last two remaining livelihoods left for the depraved Rohingya community in Arakan. But the last few years have seen an alarming rise in attacks against fishermen and loggers as they venture out to earn a livelihood. Rohingya activists allege this is a systemic effort to deprive the population of their means of survival and force them out of the country.fisherman broken hand

September 27, 2016

A Rohingya boy narrowly escaped with his life as Rakhine miscreants attempted to cut his throat at Fudur Kul, Pathor Keela.

At around sunset on Saturday, Hala Shuna was returning home when some drunk Rakhine men from a roadside pub called out to him and said they had some important task for him. When Shuna approached the men, they dragged him inside and tried to cut his throat with a knife.

His cries however alerted his friends and family members nearby and they managed to rush to the spot. The attack has however left Shuna with a serious injury to his throat and he had to be taken for medical treatment.

Following the rescue, the attackers blamed the Rohingyas for causing trouble in the neighbourhood and cursed the Muslims in obscene language. Local sources however confirmed the situation has not escalated since thenpathor k pub.

Dominic Bossi 

Hamid Ullah's face lights up when he has to present his identification card at the start of every game. Like the 20 players of Lakemba's all age division nine team, having a recognised identity was as far-fetched as playing registered football when he was growing up as a Rohingya in Burma. The closest they got in their native country were social games held in secret deep inside rice paddies, far from the sight of authorities.

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