By Saeed Arakani
Sittwe, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – Two Rakhine extremists beat up and attempted to abduct a Rohingya woman in Sittwe (Akyab) Township last Monday.
The victim is identified to be Ms. Hamidah Begum Abdur Rahim hails from Shaabok (Doon Pyin) village, Sittwe Township. While she along with her brother were collecting firewood at the outskirts of the village, two Rakhine extremists likely to hail from ‘Aung Mingalar village (not to be mistaken with Aung Mingalar, Rohingya quarter in Sittwe) arrived at the place on a motorcycle.
They beat her up, held her on the motorcycle and attempted to kidnap her. But fortunately, soon, she managed to jump off the motorcycle and to save herself from life-threatening situation.
The victim said “We, me and my little brother, were out to gather firewood in the farmland outside our village around 4:30PM on September 7. Soon after, a Rakhine man approached us by his motorcycle. He took out his knife and threatened to stab my brother. Hence, he ran away in fear.
After that, the Rakhine extremist took me on his bike by force. Soon, another extremist jumped on the motorcycle behind me. So, I was sandwiched between two Rakhine extremists: one in front (the one that riding the motorcycle) and another behind me. They were beating me and I was shouting for help all the way.
When I reached to the ‘Haati Faara Bridge’ before Aung Mingalar village, I jumped off the motorcycle. The Rakhine extremists whacked me with Nancha Ku. They stopped the bike and started chasing me. So I jumped into the river and dived in the water. But they didn’t know it as it was already dark. So, they waited there for quite some time and left.”
She continued “later, luckily, I met with one of my distant uncles informed of my situation was on his way to search for me. He saved me from the river.
Had I not jumped off the motorcycle and jumped into the river, I could have been raped and killed by the terrorists. It was really life-threatening situation.”
The victim, Ms. Hamidah Begum Abdur Rahim, is 23-year-old widow whose husband passed away some nine months ago. Most of the villagers go out to collect the firewood outside their village as they are blocked from going to the forest.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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