Authorities meet with Muslim villagers gathering at border
People from Muslim villages in Buthidaung Township gathered at the border area to emigrate from Myanmar to Bangladesh of their own accord yesterday.
Starting on Tuesday, they left their region, claiming that they felt insecure to remain because they were now living in a sparsely populated area, as most of their relatives had left for Bangladesh. After friends and relatives in Bangladesh made contact and asked them to come, they decided to leave Myanmar.
Upon receipt of the information that Muslims who would emigrate from Buthidaung to Bangladesh arrived at Hmowin Chaungwa and Gordu Thara Chaungwa, nearby border fence of Panyaungpingyi village in Maungtaw township, Maungtaw district deputy commissioner and officials went there to meet the the villagers yesterday morning.
After learning of their plans, the district deputy commissioner explained that every individual living in the area who encounters difficulty to survive is being provided with rice, cooking oil, salt and peas, regardless of race and religion. He added that authorities are making efforts for peace and stability of the region for the whole populace.
The villagers said they were well aware of the situation and of the authorities’ efforts, but would still like to go to Bangladesh of their own accord.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims fled to Bangladesh in the days and weeks after the 25 August attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on dozens of border guard posts.
This week, 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 near 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 the border fence.