Authorities meet 10000 Muslims from Buthidaung at border as villagers plan to go to Bangladesh

Border guard police talk to Muslims gathering at the border. Photo: Information Committee
Border guard police talk to Muslims gathering at the border. Photo: Information Committee

Muslims from the villages in Buthidaung Township gathered at the border area to emigrate from Myanmar to Bangladesh on various reasons. Starting from 26 September, they left their region, claiming that they found it difficult to earn their living there and they felt insecure for remaining to live in their villages because they were now living in the sparsely populated area as most of their relatives had presently been in Bangladesh. And they said that their fellow Muslims of same extraction in Bangladesh made a contact to join them, and they left their villages for Bangladesh.
Upon receipt of the information that Muslims who would emigrate from Buthidaung to Bangladesh arrived between Thinbawhla and Tharyargone villages, administrative committee members and security forces who are working for rule of law in Maungtaw District went there to meet the Bengalis at 11 am on 1 October.
After having known about their claim, the district administrator explained to them that every individual from both sides living in the area with difficulties for their livelihood has been being provided with 4 items of rice, cooking oil, salt and pea, regardless of race and religion.
And he added that authorities are making efforts for peace and stability of the region for the whole populace to be able to live in peace, and authorities concerned would cooperate with them if they found it difficult for living.
They replied that they have been well convinced of the situations of the authorities’ efforts but they would like to go there, of their own accord.
It has been learnt that 168 Muslims from Gutarpyin village in Buthidaung township reached nearby Ywathitkay on 26 September, with 255 Muslims from Shwehtar and Zinkharma villages, 281 Muslims from Taungchaung and Pauktaw villages, 200 Muslims from Theintaungpyin and Karli villages, 35 Muslims from Duohthema village arriving at the beach nearby Layyinkwin village on 27 September. On 28 September, 895 Muslims from Taungchaung, Zinkharma, Boli and Ngwe Taung villages arrived at the beach nearby Layyinkwin village, with 530 Muslims from Gutarpyin village arriving between Panyaungpingyi and border fence.
Now, more some 10000 Muslims are arriving at the western grove between Letphwekya and Kwunthipin villages, to emigrate to the neighboring country, according to local authorities.—Myanmar News Agency

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