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Military Rob Aids Provided to Displaced People in Northern Maungdaw

By Rohingya Mirror | January 27, 2017

Maungdaw – The Myanmar military robbed humanitarian aids from a number of displaced Rohingya families in northern Maungdaw last Sunday (Jan 22), which had been provided to them (the displaced families) by the UNHCR and the WFP earlier, it has been reported.

The UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) provided Tarpaulin Sheets and Hygienic materials to the displaced people in ‘Sinthaepyin (Haanti Fara)’ hamlet of ‘Lon Doong’ village early last week, where the WFP (the World Food Programme) provided Biscuits, Cooking Oil and Rice to the villagers.

Last Sunday morning, a group of Myanmar’s soldiers conducted raids on the village of ‘Sinthaepyin’ on pretext of ‘Region Clearance’ and the men in the village fled in fear of arbitrary arrests. The troops beat up 6 elderly people who couldn’t flee from the village.

The troops plundered the aids provided by the UNOs (United Nations Organizations) during raids in some houses. The owners of some houses robbed are:

  • Kamal (s/o) Aamir Hussein
  • Rashidullah (s/o) Rashid Ahmed
  • Salimullah (s/o) Izhar Meah

The same group of the troops arbitrarily beat up two Rohingya firewood collectors during a patrol on Monday (Jan 23). They victims are:

  • Mohammed Alam (28), s/o Mohammed Ullah from ‘Kyein Chaung (Boli Bazaar)’
  • And Rafique (25), s/o Mohammed, from ‘Fokitaung.’

The northern Maungdaw region has been sealed off from the international humanitarian groups, international human rights observers and the international media since the Myanmar military began offensives on the civilians in the regions on October 9, 2016 in the name of ‘Clearance Operations.’ The Myanmar government has only recently given access selectively to some humanitarian organizations.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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