Rathedaung, Arakan State: There are no jobs and businesses for the Rohingya community in Rathedaung Townships because of local Rakhine community and concerned authorities don’t give permission to do business and to work for their survival, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.
“The Rohingya community has not been getting permission to work since sectarian violence in June 2012, between Rakhine and Rohingya communities.”
At present, thousands of Rohingyas are facing shortage of food, daily work and businesses where the Rohingya are living in the villages namely— Thami Hla, Sango Daung, Koi Chang village tracts and other villages under the Rathedaung Township, said a local trader from the locality.
“We are likely living in a big jail in Arakan State, we can’t move from one place to another, so we have been facing many difficulties to feed our family members.”
According to some farmers, most of the farmers couldn’t grow their crops in the said villages in the winter season because of arbitrary harassments by the concerned authorities and Rakhine community. Similarly, they also couldn’t grow paddy in the rainy season last year.
At present, poor people and widows are going door to door for begging, if they don’t beg one day, they will starve. The concerned authorities and Rakhine community push the Rohingya community into beggars.
The villagers did not get any help from any quarter whose houses were not completely destroyed in violence, said a local leader.
Since occurring clashes in June 2012, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims had been killed by the Rakhines and Burma’s security forces. But, thousands of Rohingyas had already been displaced from their own villages as well as many Rohingyas have been languishing in different jails in Arakan state, said a reliable source. “These people are not getting any support from INGOs and UNHCR like other Rakhine community are getting aids from it.”