Rohingyas meet US envoy in Maungdaw


September 9, 2012 , kaladanpress

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Rohingya community from Maungdaw met with US envoy in Nyoung Chaung village, Maungdaw today, at about 10:30am, according to an elder from Maungdaw.

The US envoy visited Aung Mangala refugee camp and discussed detail situation of their life in the camp and during the riots period.

“The US envoy to Burma, Mr. Derek J. Mitchell with Mr. Joseph Y. Yun is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the U.S. Department of State and others visited – Shel Kali village of Maungdaw south, Shweyinaye and Nyoung Chang village of Maungdaw, today morning and left Maungdaw at about 11;30 am.”

The US envoy is also accompanied by high level officers of Arakan State government, concerned authorities of Maungdaw with Shamshul Haque and Anam, the members of Regional Development Association (RDA) as interpreters, said an official from Maungdaw.

The US envoy flied with helicopter over Maungdaw and landed at Nyoung Change village where they visited the new settlers ( Natala) village – Shweyinaye – and while backed to helicopter , the envoy met an old man in the village street who wanted to express his willing to the envoy ,but he was unable to explain about the life of Rohingya community, said an elder from village.

“The interpreters are not giving any explanation of the old man. But, Shamshu Islam – a student from the village- explained the expressions of the old man where the student got a chance to explain about Rohingya situation in northern Arakan to the envoy. The envoy asked the student about their village, when it was built, who are living in the village, is there any Mosque and school in the village and so on. “

“Our village was built since 200 years ago and all the villagers are Rohingya community. There are more than 7,000 people living and all the Mosques are locked by authority after riots. We have only one primary school where teaches only class one to four, but now, it was also closed since June 8. Our homes and properties are destroyed, looted and burned down by authorities and Rakhines together. We are not allowed to go to the market to buy foods for our families. Now, we are facing shortage of foods and no UN, INGOs are giving us any foods, the relief goods are only going to Rakhine community. No shelters for Rohingyas IDPs in northern Arakan, all the shelters are being built for Rakhines. So, we request to all international community to help us foods, shelters and security,” said the student.

“We are facing daily harassments from security forces – police, army, Hluntin and Nasaka – that blocked our daily life struggles. The police are always arresting our Rohingyas with false and fabricated allegation and they are helping the Rakhine community to attack us.”

“I will be faced so many disturbance from concerned authorities for talking with you ( envoy) and giving explanation about the situation of Rohingya community .”

The US envoy visited Arakan State government officials and refugee camps where the envoy discussed about the situation of their life struggle in the riots since June 8 and camps to the Rohingyas yesterday in Akyab. The US envoy also met the Rohingya refugee of Aung Mangala and discussed detail situation of their life in the camp.

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