Myanmar Continues Israeli-Style Demolition Campaign on Rohingya Homes
By Rohingya Mirror and Rohingya Eye
January 6, 2016 | RVision TV News
Maungdaw – Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) continue their Israeli-style demolition of Rohingya homes across Maungdaw District, a campaign which began in mid-December 2016, leaving thousands of people homeless in this winter, more than half of them women and children, local sources said.
The Border Guard Police (BGP) have demolished at least 1,000 Rohingya homes in Maungdaw District that includes Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships since the mid-December on pretext of building homes without permission or not being in the household map and left more than 6,000 people displaced; apart from the burning of more than 4,000 homes in northern Maungdaw region after October 9, 2016, which had left more than 50,000 people displaced.
Further 100 more Rohingya homes have been demolished in the district since the last week of last December. In many villages in Maungdaw Township, the BGP has demolished some homes by themselves but mostly forced the local Rohingyas to destroy their own homes, while deliberately setting some homes on fire claiming dismantling homes consumed too much time, said a local in northern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity.
At Sinthaepyin (locally known as Haanti Fara) hamlet of Loundoong village in northern Maungdaw, the house of Mr. Khairul Amin was burnt down at around 9:30 pm on January 4, 2016. Both Khairul Amin and his wife haven’t returned home from Bangladesh where they went to treat their 7-year-old daughter after she had been shot at her leg by the military on November 26, 2016.
Although it is unknown who exactly torched his home, some BGP personnel were seen roaming in the village earlier in the evening nearby his home. (Note: the Myanmar’s State Counselor Information Committee has reported this incident twisting the real facts.)
And following is a list of destructions of homes in the Maungdaw Township in the recent weeks.
|Region||Village name||Date||No. of Homes||Remark|
|Northern Maungdaw||At ‘Suru Fara’ hamlet of ‘Leik Ya’||25.12.2016||5||Torched by BGP saying demolishing homes taking long time.|
|At ‘Suru Fara’ hamlet of ‘Leik Ya’||28.12.2016||4||demolished|
|Southern Maungdaw||At Hossara hamlet of Zawmadat||29.12.2016||4||demolished by admin **‘U Maung Thar Kyu’ under BGP order|
|At Montulla hamlet of AleyThanKyaw||28.12.2016||4||demolished, including some 15-year-old homes|
|At Zaykonetan hamlet of AlayThanKyaw||29.12.2016||8||demolished|
|At Byuhagone hamlet of AlayThanKyaw||27.12.2016||25||demolished|
|At LeyinGwin hamlet of AlayThanKyaw||27.12.2016||15||demolished|
|At Kayintan hamlet of AlayThanKyaw||26.12.2016||15||demolished|
|At Kyaung Taung (Gorakhali)||28.12.2016||4||demolished|
** The administrator of Zawmadat village, U Maung Thar Kyu, is a Rakhine extremists also indulging in money extortions from the villagers threatening that he will make the BGP destroy their homes if they don’t give (ransom) money to him.
The houses and shops being destroyed in the rural villages are not modern buildings that require officials’ permission(s) but traditional country-type structures built of bamboos and woods and covered with ‘Nipa Palm Leaves.’ These widespread destructions of homes are now seen among the locals as yet another attempt of cleansing their (i.e. Rohingya) population through systematic displacement of the people.
The order to demolish homes had only been imposed on the Rohingya community, not on the Rakhine Buddhist community.
[Read related reports: Rohingya Homes Demolished in Southern Maungdaw
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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