Thursday, 17 January 2013

Rohingyas Having Horrific And Sleepless Nights, Maung Daw

On 7th Jan 2013, in Aung Sit Pyin village tract, a Rohingya was arrested and extorted 300,000Ks by a general staff accompanaied by other six NaSaKas simply because his 22 year old son had fleed to India.
      In the dead of the night of 7th January 2013, Hala Meah s/o Abdu Shukkur hails from Rida, Aung Sit Pyin (Dom Bhai) village tract of northern Kyein Chaung (Boli Bazar) village tract was arrested by a general staff, Aung Than Zaw accompanied by six NaSaKas of regional subcamp no-24 in Kyein Chaung (Boli Bazar) on the pretext that his 22 year old son had fleed to India.
      Though he was handcuffed and intimidated into extortion, no other physical torture was reported. However after 12 hours of detention, he was extricated extorthing 300,000Ks. "Now we can't sleep at night for the fear of being arrested by NaSaKas because every night they (the general staff and other NaSaKas) rampage through the surrounding villages (Boli Bazar, Dom Bai ...ect) of the said camp-24, then they make a raid on every targetted Rohingya houses and brutal persecution, hefty money extortion and mass arrest of poor-spirited Rohingyas (without ever once being convicted of any crime) have been usually carried out by them" said an scholar from Aung Sit Pyin (Dom Bhai) on the condition of anonymity.

      Actually, the denial of the citizenship, legal existence, other basic rights and arbitrary arrest including constant NaSaKa extortion, including the raid and rampage through the Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine State are underlying reasons behind the exodus of thousands of Rohingyas. But on the contrary the government not only shut down their ways to return back home and confiscates their possessions but extorts money from their remaining familes or relatives. To truely see how the Burmese government treat the Rohingya, one does not have to look further than this kind of extortion from a Rohingya just because his 22 year old son fleed the country.

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