Maungdaw south burning just after US President Obama departure


Source Kaladanpress, 19 Nov

Maungdaw, Arakan state: A group of Rakhines from Kanbay Natala –news shelter villager- together with Burmese border security force (Nasaka) are setting on fire to Horsara under Zaw Matet village tract – a Rohingya village, today, according to a village elder.

“The Horsara village is situated near the Maungdaw- Aley Than Kyaw highway and beside a new shelter village (natala) and Nasaka outpost under Nasaka area number 7. The Nasaka always harass the Rohingya villagers and the travelers on this road. With them, the new shelter also giving trouble to Rohingya community who pass this point.”

“The village has more than 58 houses and the Nasaka personnel have already driven out from the village with open fire, then the Rakhines set on fire the village at 20:00 hour after listening the news at 20:00 hour from Burma broadcasting service.

In the news, there was US President Barak Obama speech which mention about Rohingya that become angry the Rakhine where they set on fire the village and the security force didn’t do any things while set on fire but, fire on Rohingya when they tried to save their village, said a victim from the village.

“For too long, the people of this state, including ethnic Rakhine, have faced crushing poverty and persecution. But there’s no excuse for violence against innocent people,” Obama told a packed audience for a speech at Yangon University.

“The Rohingya … hold within themselves the same dignity as you do, and I do. National reconciliation will take time, but for the sake of our common humanity, and for the sake of this country’s future, it’s necessary to stop incitement and to stop violence.”

Thein Sein, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week, promised to tackle the root causes of the problem, and Obama said he welcomed “the government’s commitment to address the issues of injustice, and accountability, and humanitarian access and citizenship”.

The massage of radio made angry the Rakhine and its supporter, set on fire the Rohingya village to show the reaction of Obama statement, said a student from Maungdaw south.

“The Burmese president—who previously told the UN it should take responsibility for finding homes in third countries for the Rohingyas. But on November 16, condemned the “senseless violence” between the Muslim Rohingya community and Rakhine Buddhists, and blamed the unrest on extremists. Therefore, the performance of President on Rohingya community is not stable and increased security measure across the Arakan State after giving international pressure. But, it does not ensure the security of Rohingya community.”

The Rohingya villagers now become homes less and haven’t able to stay and the Maungdaw authority didn’t recognized IPDs to this Rohingya. Where will they go, they will not allow to enter their village by Nasaka. The UN staffs also didn’t able to give any help to this people as there are so many Rohingyas IDPs in Maungdaw but no get any support from any NGOs or any Organization, said a NGOs staff from Maungdaw.

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