Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rohingya Population Survey 2013 held with vanishing threat in Kyauktaw


In this Nov. 10, 2012 photo, an immigration officer fills out forms during an operation to verify the citizenship of Muslims living in the western Myanmar village of Sin Thet Maw. The government launched the checks on Nov. 8 after unrest broke out in June between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims they view as foreigners from Bangladesh. (AP/Todd Pitman)A team of 15 Burmese Immigration personnel, consisting of 3 personnel from Arakan State Immigration, 9 personnel from Kyauktaw Township Immigration and 3 RNDP (Rakhine Nationalities Development Party) members went in Yadanabone (Nairong-Murafara), Kadir Fara,  Fiding Fara and Modi Fara of Kyauktaw on 21 January 2013 in doing population survey for 2013, according to local report.

This official group started their entry from Nairong-Murafara at about 9:00am and ended 2 days long survey in Rohingya households in destroyed areas.
The officials were forcibly asking the Rohingya families to write Bengali at the place of ethnic race on a white form. In 2 days, these officials able to complete the survey of 12 Rohingya families, said Toyub, a Rohingya youth from Kyauktaw.

The entire Rohingya populations of the areas denied writing Bengali word on this form while they openly express their opposition on such survey. The Rohingya told to the officials that they have been living there for centuries in peace and harmony. They also claim that they are the indigenous people in their own land, he added.

Following this, members of RNDP talked to the Rohingya people with very aggressive and angry mode, even threatened to vanish the Rohingya populations in near future. In such time, the Burmese immigration officials kept quite and returned without further comment.

Based on the situation, Rohingya residents of Kyauktaw worrying of fresh attack in the future and thus they are in need of strong security forces for their safety. ##

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