Local and foreign media visited the Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Center in Maungtaw Township yesterday to see the preparations for repatriation of displaced people from Rakhine State.
Reporters from the eight local and foreign media houses first visited the Myanmar-Bangladesh friendship bridge and the points where the returnees will be scrutinized, the points where photo records will be taken, a household list for returnees will be made, biometrics will be taken, national verification cards will be issued, medical check-ups will be provided, and aid will be given to the returnees. They also saw the houses which will be handed to the returnees for accommodation.
Afterwards, mediapersons interviewed Deputy Director U Soe Tun, in-charge of the Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Center, and the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population U Thant Sin.
They asked about the steps that will be taken by the ministry for the repatriation and preparations for resettlement.
Later, the media went to the boundary line and met with displaced people and interviewed them. They asked them about their situation, aid, their opinions on NV cards, and reasons why they did not return to Myanmar.
The mediapersons also visited Mingyi Village and took a tour of newly constructed houses for villagers. During the visit, they interviewed the head of the village about the livelihood of the villagers and the aid they received, their population, and requirements for development.
The media group left for Yangon from Sittway by air last night. Local and foreign media agencies have been sent to Rakhine State to gather news 29 times so far; one in 2016, eight in 2017, six in 2018 up to February, 2018, and 14 times on the advice of the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State, which recommended two media trips a month to Rakhine State.
(Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)