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Minority Rohingya under Total Blockade in Rathedaung

RB News
August 5, 2017

Rathedaung – A minority Rohingya community has been completely blockaded by the Myanmar State-backed Rakhine extremists in Rathedaung Township since Tuesday (Aug 1). 

The blockade on the small group of people -- with some 80-above households and a population of 650 at the village of ‘Zaydi Pyin’ is surrounded now-turned hostile Rakhine villages – has been imposed in order to expel them from their ancestral homeland, locals believe.

AS their access to forests and rivers are cut; and the roads are blocked with barbed wire fences erected by the government-backed extremists; and hence, restricting their movement and sealing them off within their small village, the villagers are now on the verge of starvation and seeking international help to get them out of a looming man-made catastrophe.

 “The main reason behind such a blockade is to make them starve and die; and eventually force them to leave their homes once and for all. So, the Myanmar government can tell the world that the Rohingyas are leaving their homes on their own. 

“As planned by the authorities and the extremists, the Zaydi Pyin villagers are already crying out for help in order to get them out of the siege. They are willing to leave homes on their own out of extreme fear as the blockade continues and more and more Rakhine extremists from other townships are amassing in their surroundings,” said U Soe Win, a human rights observer based in Rathedaung.

The regional authorities, the military and the police have turned a blind eye to the plight of the ‘Zaydi Pyin’ villagers and let the blockade continue although many local Rohingyas are said to have communicated with them.

[Reported by MT Rafique & KSM; Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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