Maungdaw, Arakan State: More than 150 acres of arable lands were confiscated by the government authority and have provided to the Natala villagers in Maungdaw south recently, said a local farmer on condition of anonymity.
“They confiscated lands had already been grown winter paddy (paddy after paddy) by the farmers when it was seized by the authority. The all seized lands are belonging to Rohingya villagers of Sarcombo and Gudusora villages under the Maungdaw south.”
At present, the Natala villagers are tilling the paddy fields again to grow paddy in the fields after destroying previous cultivation by the Rohingya farmers, said a local farmer.
One of the farmers from Maungdaw rural area said, “We Rohingya farmers grow paddy in the rainy and winter seasons in our areas of Maungdaw south to improve rice production. “We are now more struggling for our family members as the government doesn’t allow us to do anything.”
According to different sources, many Rohingyas have been starving from the shortage of food in Arakan State since June last year.
Sources also said, Rakhine community gets donation from different quarters of government, but Rohingya community doesn’t get anything from the government side in northern Arakan.
Since June 2012, Rohingya people have been keeping in their villages and the authority does not give them permission to do anything to support their family members. So they have no jobs and no works for earnings. At this moment, in southern side of Arakan State, Rohingya people get some relief from NGOs, but it is very inadequate. Meanwhile, the northern side of the Rohingya people did not get any relief, said a local elder who denied to be named.
In this situation, the concerned authorities are killing innocent Rohingya villagers, looting property from villagers and also making arbitrarily arrest and extorting money from villagers by various torturing and threatening. In short, the whole Rohingya community is in dying position. How they will survive in Arakan State in future?, the local elder more added.