Muslims from Buthidaung Township at border to cross into Bangladesh

The map shows the flow of members of the Muslim community from northern Rakhine State into Bangladesh continues. Photo: MNA
The map shows the flow of members of the Muslim community from northern Rakhine State into Bangladesh continues. Photo: MNA

The flow of members of the Muslim community from northern Rakhine State into Bangladesh continues, with large numbers of villagers gathering near the border to prepare for the crossing.
The Muslim villagers said they are leaving Myanmar due to livelihood difficulties, health problems, a belief in a lack of village security, a fear of becoming a minority and wanting to join others of their own race in Bangladesh. Large number of Muslim villagers from Buthidaung Township left for Bangladesh starting on 26 September and continue to mass near the border.
Upon learning of the departure of another group of Muslin villagers from Buthidaung Township, security personnel in Maungtaw Township conducting law enforcement measures went to inspect one of the gathering places on 3 October afternoon and found about 730 villagers from Kadi Village, Payapyinaungpa Village and Theintaung Village on the beach near Layinpyankwin Village, Maungtaw Township and 382 villagers from Nanyakone village tract, Condine village tract, Thapyaychaung village tract, Darpaingsaya village tract and Ywetnyotaung village tract near Ngayantchaung Village, Maungtaw Township.Another inspection on 4 October found a total of 1,443 villagers from Gudapyin village, Ponnyolate village and Thabatetaung (south) village near the mouth of Gawduthara creek.
From 26 September to 5 October, the number of people massing at the border who have left their villages were: on 26 September, 168 near Ywathit Village; on 27 September, 771 at a beach near Layinpyankwin village; on 28 September, 895 at the beach near Layinpyankwin village; on 29 September, 538 between the border fence and Panyaungbingyi village; on 3 October, 12,094 near the mouth of Gawduthara creek, 730 at a beach near Layinpyankwin village and 382 near Ngayantchaung village; on 4 October, 1,443 between Panyaungpingyi village and Ywathit village, for a total of 17,013. —Myanmar News Agency

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