By Naing Lin Kyaw
Rathedaung, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) has ordered has ordered Rohingyas in southern Maungdaw to provide woods for a Buddhist monastery to be built in the region, according to the reliable sources.
Major Lay Lay Naing, the commander of the BGP Commandment Area (Nay Myay) 9, held a meeting with the Rohingyas from ‘Kyauk Pandu (Shitaaf)’ village and ‘Chin Khali (Shil Khali) village’ October 10.
In the meeting, he said “each of the Muslim villages such as Kyauk Pandu [under southern Maungdaw Township] and Chin Khali [under Rathedaung Township] and other neighbouring villages, has to give 3 tons of woods to the monastery going to be built in ‘Inn Din’ Rakhine village.
Actions will be taken against those that fail to follow my orders.”
Although the village administrators and other Rohingya representatives attending the meeting were reluctant to agree to follow his order, they had to say they would provide the woods because of the fear of the brutalities by the Border Guard Police.
“Now, because of the BGP order, the local Rohingyas facing extreme hardships to make their daily ends meet because of the persecution by the government have to go to the forest to fetch the woods by working there all the day long without any wages and without looking after the needs of their respective families.
It’s forced labouring,” said a Rohingya on the condition of anonymity.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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