msa February 10, 2017

By Rohingya Eye | February 10, 2017

Maungdaw — The Myanmar military are forcefully collecting money from the Rohingya villagers in southern Maungdaw, local sources have reported.

It has been learnt that the money raised will later be submitted to the ‘Tactical Operation Commander’ based in Buthidaung for buying a machines and water-pumps. 

On February 8, 2017, the commander of the Battalion 535 based at the village of Kyauk Pandu (Shitaaf) summoned the administrators of the village and other neighboring villages and ordered to raise Kyat 600,000 from each village for the said Tactical Operation Commander. 

The forced collection money or money extortion has become a huge burden for the villagers as their access to livelihoods have been banned recently as they refused to accept the NVC (the National Verification Card).’

“We can’t go out to the sea or the Naff River for fishing. We can’t for forests for logging or collect firewoods either. Our freedom for farming or agriculture is also restricted. On top of this, they are now forcing us to pay money. Even giving away Kyat 1,000 has become a huge burden for us,” said a Rohingya villager in southern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity. 

[Edited by M.S. Anwar] 

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