Friday, 19 April 2019

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Engineering Corps (GE) from Buthidaung used land seized from the Rohingya community for road construction in Nanchaung and Ramyadaung villages under Maungdaw north, according to a village authority member.

The road was constructed by the Engineering Corps with the use of people from nearby villages forced into providing the labor, the village authority member said.

The road is 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) long and 15 feet wide, and both sides have an extra 5 feet for footpaths.

The Engineering Corps (GE) seized a 30 feet wide-by-2.5 kilometers long strip from the arable land of the Rohingya community. The GE has not provided any compensation for the confiscated land, which was used by the community for their survival, according to a local school teacher.

Land that belongs to Rohingya villagers is constantly in danger of seizure by the authorities for the creation of new settlements and other government purposes. Therefore, the community must make do with less land for their survival, which has become increasingly difficult.