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Displaced Rohingya Man Dies of Treatable Diseases

By Saeed Arakani | March 15, 2017

Sittwe (Akyab) – An internally displaced Rohingya man died of urinary retention and jaundice in Sittwe (Akyab) Township at around 3:00 AM today (Mar 15), it has been reported.

This victim, Mohammed Yonose s/o Abul Hashim (30), who passed away this morning at ‘Se Thamma Gyi’ IDP (Internally Displaced People) Camps, could not afford expenses for the required medical operations and treatments in the local mobile clinics set up by the authorities.

He had suffered for three months from the diseases and had an enlarged prostate due to being unable to urinate for days.

“He dared not go to the Sittwe General Hospital because of the mistreatments or possible killings by the Rakhine staffs. He tried to seek help from others here for the medical expenses at the local clinics but everyone is struggling with their own miseries. Hence, they were not able to help him enough,” said an internally displaced Rohingya at ‘Se Thamma Gyi.’

The deceased has left behind his wife and his three children and he moved to ‘Se Thamma Gyi’ IDP Camps after his village ‘Rwa Goone’ in Sittwe downtown was burnt down by the state-sponsored Rakhine mobs in 2012.

Since the Myanmar military launched attacks on the Rohingya population in Maungdaw in the name of ‘Clearance Operation’ in October 2016, the plight of more than 140,000 people remained displaced mostly in Sittwe and Pauktaw Townships since 2012 have largely been being ignored. The IDP Camps look more like permanent homes for them without the concerned authorities taking any initiatives to restore them to their original lands.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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Mohammed Yonose s/o Abul Hashim (30) at ‘Se Thamma Gyi’ IDP Camps could not afford medical expenses and subsequently died. [Photo: Saeed Arakani]