April 25, 2017
Maungdaw- Tensions continue in the restive village tract of Lound Don in Maungdaw North as the Tatmadaw retains a huge presence in the surrounding hills and forests.
People have stayed cleared of the hills where they earn their livelihoods by logging, and even the small shepherd boys have been unable to graze their cattle. The blockade is creating another potential disaster for the already volatile rural economy ravaged by months of conflict. At the same time, the villagers remain in a high level of alert, ready to hide in case the army launches another raid, which it has resumed over recent weeks in Lound Don.
Lound Don was one of the village tracts targeted by the Tatmadaw during the clearance operation last year, with many killed, women raped and mosques desecrated.
However, while since January, much of the area has experienced an eerie calm, tensions have broken out in Lound Don over the last month, with continuous raids. No deaths have been confimred, but there has been arrest and brutal torture, with many of the men having their beards burned.
Torture of Rohingyas continue to be a common occurrence. Hundreds have been killed and many more maimed due to torture by security forces.