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Sectarian Violence fueled by the Government of Myramar

Posted by Akashma Online News

By Marivel Guzman

Rohingyas Refugees October 30 2012 Jakarta News

A  new wave of sectarian violence in western Myanmar leaves five people dead and dozens hurt in recent days, triggering another exodus of thousands of Rohyngyans to emergency camps.
Hundreds of houses were burned in the last days of unrest in Rakhine State, where sectarian violence erupted again.  95 people has lost their life since June and the displaced are counted by the hundreds of 1000′s, based on the government bodies estimates.

“At least five person died, and 80 were hurt in four days since October 21 in four townships,” stated Rakhine  spokesperson Myo Thant.

Houses were also torched in another town on Thursday morning, he told AFP on the phone in the Rakhine State,  capital of Sittwe.

“Soldiers are actually assisting to provide security,” he added. Claim that it is dismiss by majority of refugees that flee Rakhine.

The Rakhine formerly known as Arakanese, is a nationality in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma they form the majority of the residents along the coastal region of present day Rakhine State (formerly Arakan State). They  constitute approximately 6 % or more of Myanmar’s total population but no accurate census figures exist. Rakhine people also live in the Southeastern parts of Bangladesh, especially in Chittagong and Barisal Divisions. A group of Arakanese descendants, living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh at least since the 16th century, are known as the Marma people. These Arakanese descendants have been living in that area since the Arakanese kingdom’s control of the Chittagong region.

Arakanese descendants spread as far north as Tripura state in India, where their presence dates back to the ascent of the Arakanese kingdom when Tripura was ruled by Arakanese kings. In northeast India, these Arakanese people are referred to as the Mog, while in Bengali, the Marma (the ethnic Arakanese descendants in Bangladesh) and other Arakanese people are referred to as the Magh people

Rohingyas Refugees languish in poor refugee camps

Tensions stay at boiling point in Rakhine State,  the curfew imposed as emergency measure adding more pressure in the area, while more than 75,000  Rohingyan languish in poor refugee camps.

More Rohingyan refugees have showed up in Sittwe, the Capital of Rakhine State by boat, looking to find shelter within the camps.

The refugee agency believes that more than 1,000 displaced people had arrived at Sittwe in recent days.

“Many more are meant to be in route,” stated speaker Vivian Tan in Bangkok. “These individuals are all visiting the IDP (internally displaced persons) camps near to Sittwe, that are already overcrowded.”

About 75,000 individuals are believed to become uprooted in Rakhine State, mostly from Rohingya origin.

The UN referring to the Rohingya people to be probably the most persecuted and unprivileged people in the world.

In Myanmar their 800,000 Rohingya residents are seen as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh  the Myanmar government and lots of people call them  “Bengalis”.

The bloodshed has cast a shadow over broadly recognized reforms by Leader Thein Sein, such as the liberation of hundreds of  political prisoners and also the election of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament.

Independent journalists and humanitarian organizations  fear that the real dying toll might be much greater that the official number.

“We are like dead people. I want to go to another country. I cannot keep suffering like this,” said Rahima, 55, whose husband and 25-year-old son were killed in clashes in western Rakhine state in June of this year.

“We are like dead people. I want to go to another country. I cannot keep suffering like this,” said Rahima, 55, whose husband and 25-year-old son were killed in Buddhist-Muslim clashes in western Rakhine State in June.

“I don’t have enough food. How long can I keep living here?” she told AFP in a recent interview, since which a fresh wave of violence has left dozens more dead and displaced about 30,000 people.

In the past Bangladesh was the destination of choice, but the neighboring country has now closed its doors, turning away boatloads of Rohingya who attempted to flee the violence in June. Many have since hung their hopes on Muslim-majority Malaysia.

But for now, Rahima’s home is one of the mud-strewn camps where tens of thousands of Rohingya have sought shelter since the conflict exploded in the flashpoint western region of the country formerly known as Burma.

Rohingya Villages Under Attack in Arakan

October 31, 2012 1 comment

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Akashma Online News

Published on,  October 30, 2012 12:32
Kalaban Press Network

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Maungdaw, Arakan State: Thousands of Rakhine mobs led by Rakhine ruling political party – Rakhine Nationalities Development Party-(RNDP) had restarted mass attacking, burning and destruction of Muslims villages and houses, in Minbya, Mrauk Oo, Kyaukpru, Pauktaw, Ratheydaung, Myebone, and Kyauktaw Townships since October 21, 2012, according to joint statement of 11 national and international Rohingya organizations.

“This was the second time of genocide and persecutions of Muslims in Arakan in 2012 by the RNDP led Rakhine people with the direct help and strong involvement of the Burmese Government security forces of President Thein Sein from both central and Rakhine State Government.”

Thousands of Rakhine mobs surrounding the Kyauk Nimaw village of Manaung Township, Arakan State, for torching the houses and killing the Rohinya villagers even though the international pressure to the Burmese government, regarding the violence in Arakan State today morning at about 10:00 am, according to villagers from the locality.

“The Rakhine mobs tried early morning at about 5:00am to attack and set on fire the village – Kyauk Nimaw -, failed as the army stayed between two communities to protect the village. The Rakhines again gather at Thayoung Byine and Magyi Gone Rakhine village to attack the village at 10:00am where the army shot to the sky for not advancing and killed 5 Rakhines while the Rakhines forced them to fire on them.”

“More than 10,000 Rakhines gather near the Kyauk Nimaw village from other village which was supported by Taungup businessman U KyaukTaung for Rakhines travel cost to joint.”

“In Kyauk Nimaw, there are around 6,000 people – Male, female and children – are not able to protect their lives and no foods security for them if they are surrounded like this more.”

“Please, inform to the international community to save us and need your help to protect our village,” said a woman from Kyauk Nimaw.

The Rakhine mob is marching to the  Rohingya villages with four lines such as— children are in the front line, then the women are on the second line, on the third line are Rakhine men and the last line are Buddhist monks, according to a reliable source.

But the security forces—-police and army are firing bullets into air to disperse the mob. However, we do not now the situation till writing the report.

Similarly, the Rakhine monks sent letters to Rohingya village- Sentaymaw village under PauktawTownship- as threaten, to leave the village which they ( Rakhines) want to touch the village to show less killing  to the international community who are protesting the killing of Rohingya community in Arakan, said a villager from Pauktaw.

“Beginning from the month of October 21, 2012, at least fourteen villages were burnt down and thousands of people killed. Hundreds of Muslim girls and women were raped by the Burmese security forces and Rakhine extremists during attacking the Muslims in those townships. The Burmese Government officials and Security forces did nothing to prevent and stop these mass killings and attacks. President Thein Sein led Burmese Government had claimed that Arakan State is in normal situation but, in reality the situation has become more worsened day after day. These atrocities and mass killings were being committed under the open eyes of the Burmese security forces involving the Police, Lun Htein, and Army. Available reports confirmed that Buddhist Rakhine people led by RNDP President Dr. Aye Maung and Rakhine State Prime Minister Hla Maung Tin are trying to spread this violence across the whole Muslims residing areas of all Townships in Arakan,” the joint press release of 11 Rohingya Organizations stated on recent situation of Arakan state Muslims.

We, the organizations are- Odhikar, Bangladesh; Human Security Alliance, Thailand and Asian Muslim Action Network, Thailand- deeply concerned at the recent reports in the international media that scores of Rohingyas were killed in the fresh outbreak of violence in the northern Arakan state. We are also alarmed by the reports that hundreds of Rohinyga homes were burnt by a vengeful Rakhine community, that in turn has led to the displacement of thousands of people. This is in addition to the 75,000 people who are still languishing in overcrowded camps set up by the Myanmar authorities with very little basic amenities. Observers have noted that the recent outbreak of violence against the Rohinygas is in line with the long-term plan of the  Rakhine community to eliminate Rohingyas from all the townships where they are a minority. We, the three organizations notes that the local Burmese authorities in connivance with the central government is pursuing a policy of apartheid under which tens of thousands of Rohinygas are housed in camps beyond the city limits under barbed wire fencing with armed guards placed at the entrances, according to press release “International support needed to protect Rohingyas from persecution.”

More News…..

Urgent collective international action needed to protect the Rohingya – We express our serious concern that the most brutal violence is now reoccurring in Arakan; and we strongly condemn the ongoing mass killing, burning and destruction of Muslim villages and rape of their women.

Rohingya Humanitarian Mission – Hundreds from the Rohingya refugee community turned up to support a humanitarian mission by the Putera 1Malaysia Club to help their ethnic group. They were led by chairman of the Union of World Rohingya Organisation, Rashed Osman.

Muslim killings in Burma and the Social Media – Misleading pictures of Buddhist Monks killing Muslims.

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