msa May 25, 2013

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M.S. Anwar

Opinion Editorial


In Arakan, during the state-sponsored violence against Rohingyas and Kamans in June and October last year, there were more than 120,000 of them displaced. They were forced to live in the concentration camps like in Thakkay Pyin, Thay Chaung, Sin Tet Maw and Ngan Chaung etc. Most of these camps are located at the remote places in Sittway (Akyab) and Pauktaw. Since then, they have been living under extremely poor condition in the camps. No proper camps, not enough food, insufficient medical care, too much blockage against their movements on and on. In fact, a Nazi Eichmann’s Hell!

As a result, many children are suffering from serious malnutrition and one can compare the situation with the time of Ethiopian famine between 1983 and 1985. In truth, even worse than that! On other hand, the spreadable diseases are rampant among the internally displaced Rohingyas in the camps. There are diarrhea, malaria, jaundice and pneumonia etc widely infecting these ill-privileged people. One of the most daunting diseases widely spreading among children and adults alike is Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

Seeing the coming humanitarian catastrophe, many international humanitarian workers as well as medicos are whole-heartedly coming forward to curing these people from such life-threatening diseases. However, the government as well as Rakhine extremists, openly or secretly, are leaving no stone unturned to hinder all the possible means to providing treatments to the displaced people. On top of the daily tortures, the serious diseases as well as the lack of enough food and shelter are leading many displaced Rohingyas, children and adults alike, face untimely demises.

Moreover, as the monsoon season is looming around, in fact as has already started, the fear among both the victimized Rohingyas and international community is mounting at an alarming rate. Most of the IDP camps are located at the low-lying lands; it is highly likely that the camps will be flooded in case of heavy rains. As reported on 24th May 2013, many displaced camps in Thay Chaung sunk in the water as it had rained heavily.

Flooded Camps in Thay Chaung (Photo Credit:
Flooded Camps in Thay Chaung (Photo Credit:

“We are unable to stay in the Sin Tet Maw (Sandama) camps any longer because it got flooded because of the heavy rains last night. Now, some of us are taking shelter beneath and beside the remaining Rohingya houses in the region. The moment is very troublesome now. Similar problems have been being faced by the Rohingyas in Ngan Chaung camps” said a displaced Rohingya, who then had been in the Sin Tet Maw Camps, moments ago.

“Besides, we just have few food rations left. They were provided by UNHCR a few days ago. So, we have no places to take shelter in the monsoon season, no food to eat, no medicines for our diseases. All our ways to livelihoods have also been blocked” he exclaimed. Besides, the world, in awe, witnessed the apartheid policy of Myanmar regime ahead of the Mahasen cyclone when they tried to push Rohingyas to the places nearby the sea. All in all, the genocidal tendency of Burmese regime against these people has become quite obvious to everyone by now.

As short-term assistances, they are critically in need of proper shelter, food and access to medical treatments. People around the world should not just look into their crisess with their hands folding. International Government Bodies and International community must pressure the Myanmar to end their apartheid tactics and give unlimited access to the humanitarian workers in Arakan. Otherwise, we are up to witnessing yet another humanitarian disaster in time to come.



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