Reports by MYARF | Written by M.S. Anwar
November 12, 2013 | Maung Daw, Arakan
4) Maung Daw Police Squeezed Money from a Rohingya Under False Accusation
Around 3PM on 2nd November 2013, Mohammed Kasim (son of) Ishaaq hails from Dael Fara of Myo Kayintan (Shiddafara) village tract, was having tea at a cafe at the village. Menawhile, four police personnel from Maung Daw police station appeared and forcibly took him the office of the village administration. There, the police arbitrarily extorted Kyat 500,000 from him under a false accusation that they had found “Illegal Drugs” in his pocket. It is ridiculous how the police found drugs when everything was happening in public and others didn’t see anything
5) Military Prevent Rohingyas from Fishing
Military at the village of Shil-Khali (Chin-Khali) in southern Maung Daw region banned the villagers from fishing at Naff river and in the bay of Bengal without their permission. The commander of the military, now, charges, Kyat 20,000 from a (small) fishing boat per outing to the sea.
On 2nd November 2013, he extorted Kyat 20,000 each from seven Rohingya fishermen. Of the seven fishermen, three are: 1) Rahmat Ullah (son of) Abdul Ali (Age 40), 2) Hashim Ullah (son of) Islam (Age 35), 3) Mohammed Najim (son of) Abdul Amin (Age 30).
Most of the Rohingyas in the said village are poor. They used to be farmers. Unfortunately, their lands were confiscated by the government and gave over to the newly settled Rakhine buddhists under the government’s Model Village programs.
6) Rohingya Students in Northern Maung Daw Unable to Continue Study
In 1998, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) set up a primary school at the village of Tun-Chaung (a Rohingya village) of Laing-Thay village tract, northern Maung Daw. It was set up as a sub-primary school of Laing-Thay village. However, the government has not provided any teacher for the school. Therefore, three High-School graduated Rohingyas have been voluntarily teaching 300 students at the school.
At 10:30AM on 6th November 2013, the headmaster of the Laing-Thay Primary School announced that he would not give permission to any student from the said UNHCR to continue study at his (Laing-Thay) school. As a result, the future of 300 primary school students is in limbo.
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