Rohingyas in Crisis of Cultivation

By June 2, 2013 15:27
Kyauktaw Township (Photo Credit: Google Map)

Kyauktaw Township (Photo Credit: Google Map)

June 2, 2013

Kyauktaw, Arakan– Due to violence against Rohingyas started in June last year, Rohingyas in many parts of Arakan either lost their cultivated crops and land or were unable to cultivate on their lands. A same crisis was, of course, faced by Rohingyas in Kyauktaw Township as their homes were razed and they were made displaced.

As the monsoon season has started, it is the time for Rohingyas to start preparing for -cultivation on their paddy fields, in another word, for the life line of most of the Rohingyas in Arakan. Now, Rohingyas in Kyauktaw are having a grave crisis in cultivation of paddy due to the threats posed by the Rakhine extremists.

“We have applied to all the concerned quarter months in advance so that we can cultivate in the coming rainy season. But Rakhine officers in many departments prevented our letters from reaching to the higher officers. As a result, authority said they had not received any of our letters” said an elderly Rohingya from Kyauktaw.

“Now, the military is saying they can’t guarantee us that Rakhine extremists will not destroy our crops or confiscate our cultivated crops. A high ranking military officer said that he will rent our lands to Rakhines and give us some paddy after harvesting is over. But we don’t think it will be enough for us because we have no other businesses because of the boycott. We don’t have any rations stored because we could not benefit anything from last season.

Since we don’t get much foreign humanitarian aids, we will be in grave disaster in case that we can’t cultivate this season. Therefore, we want to cultivate our lands by ourselves. And we are waiting for the decision from the authority expected to come out today” he continued.



By June 2, 2013 15:27

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