About 3,000 avoiding terrorism put in 17 temporary camps in Sittway

By Tin Maung Lwin, Min Htat Aung

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Displaced persons seen at Mahazayatheikdi monastery in Sittway, Rakhine State. Photo: Maung Hmwe

About 3,000 people displaced by recent unrest in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State are being housed at 17 temporary camps established by monasteries and Hindu temples in Sittway as of  3 September.
The camps were established at Dhammayama monastery, Adeikhtan monastery, Mahazayatheikdi Pahtan monastery, Thayetaw monastery, Pyigyimandine monastery, Dhammapala monastery, Yadana Beikman monastery, Yay Pike Sone monastery, Alodawpye monastery, Theikdikayone monastery, La Yaung Wun monastery, Lanmadaw North monastery, Maniyadana monastery, Sutaungpye monastery, Buddhawmaw monastery and two Hindu temples.
Camp occupants include 914 households with 1,282 men, 1,716 women.
Deputy Head of Sittway Township General Administration Department U Min Thein said the state government is providing rice and cooking oil in addition to Ks 1,500 per person daily for livelihood expenses.
“We are conducting head counts everyday of people in the camps and organizing living spaces.  In each camp, a head of each respective ward and a clerk from our department are being assigned. They report to us and we in turn report daily to the state government,” he said.
Cooking and food utensils are being provided by the state government to some monasteries lacking supplies due to the large number of people. Health professionals are also assigned to the camps.
“Nurses are assigned in each camp while doctors are going around in mobile team to provide health services,” said U Min Thein. “If there is a need for hospitalization, arrangements are made. The main problem we face now is lack of toilet facilities at the monasteries. State government officials and companies are arranging to construct more toilets.”
U Than Tun, a volunteer helping out in Mahazayatheikdi monastery said “There are about 300 people in Mahazayahtheikdi monastery. Locals are providing food and other personnel items but there is a need for government officials to be more involved.”

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