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Finally Myanmar had to return195 rescued Rohingyas to homes

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Finally Myanmar had to return195 rescued Rohingyas to homes
June 23
17:30 2015

Authorities in Arakan (Rakhine) state have returned almost 200 persecuted Rohingya rescued at sea to their respective townships, an official said Tuesday.

Khin Soe, an immigration officer based in the Arakan (Rakhine) capital Sittwe, said 195 Rohingyas were returned to their homes in Maungdaw, Pauktaw, Sittwe and Buthidaung townships over the last few days.

“We verified each of the migrants, and contacted the respective township authorities to check whether these people actually lived in these places,” he said.

“Following a thorough verification process, we are now sending them back to their homes,” Khin Soe told ucanews.com on Tuesday.

These people were among 900 people rescued at sea by the Myanmar navy around the beginning of June and the first to be verified as coming from Myanmar.

Myanmar has already repatriated 187 migrants to Bangladesh and Bangladeshi officials are still verifying the remaining 500 being held in a border camp in Maungdaw Township, in Arakan (Rakhine) State.

Khin Soe said Myanmar and Bangladeshi officials are working closely to complete the repatriation process for the remaining migrants as soon as possible.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled persecution in Arakan (Rakhine) in recent years, heading for Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

However, a crackdown on human trafficking in Thailand last month triggered a humanitarian crisis when smugglers abandoned their human cargo on land and at sea.

Some 4,500 persecuted Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have since come ashore in the region while the United Nations estimates that around 2,000 others could still be trapped at sea.

U Faruk, a member of the Dar Paing IDP camp near Sittwe, said five women and three men from his camp returned on June 20.

One of the men, Yar Yar Kint, 28, said he was glad to be back after having survived a harrowing experience at sea.

Yar Yar Kint was offered work in Malaysia and left the camp in mid-March together with ten other people.

Impoverished Arakan (Rakhine) state is a tinderbox of tension between its Buddhist majority and the heavily persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, who have been confined to displacement camps and host communities segregated from the Arakan (Rakhine) population after deadly unrest erupted there in 2012.

Myanmar has come under harsh criticism by the international community as Rohingya migrants flee Myanmar due to ongoing persecution in Arakan (Rakhine) state.

The rescue of the 900 people earlier this month has sparked anger among hardline Buddhist monks and ethnic Arakan (Rakhine) people.

Ten Arakan (Rakhine) state townships protested against helping these distressed people on June 14.

Note:Changes have been made,ucanews asnd AFP is not responsible for these.

Source:AFP and ucanews.

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