Sunday, 31 May 2020

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Maungdaw, Arakan State: The concerned authorities of Maungdaw are preparing to fence its boundary with Bangladesh, according to a local from Maungdaw.

The authority is building up stocks of cement bags for this project; it brings cement in boats, which are anchored in the stream of Maungdaw. The cement bags are then kept in the old rice mill area, a village authority member from Maungdaw said.

 

On March 6, at about 200 cement bags were brought to Aley Than Kyaw village tract of Maungdaw Township and other necessary materials for the fencing. Another 5,000 cement bags to be brought to this area soon.  Besides, some workers (Rakhine and Rohingya) including engineers and masons were also brought to Alay Than Kyaw from Sitwee ( Akyab), said a villager requesting not to be named.  

 

The authority has asked for laborers from nearby villages, through the VPDC, to work for the project, to unload the cement bags and iron chains needed for the fencing, from the boats to the mill area, the member said.

 

The authority has called for 300 workers from nearby villages to work daily for the project, where the authority would pay wages as per their work, he added.

 

The project is being run by the Burmese border security force (Nasaka) number 14 and the local Arakanese people (including Rohingya and Rakhine). They are going to build pillars with cement and concrete and the workers will get wages as per the daily rate in Maungdaw, a local worker from Maungdaw, who had gone to work in the project said.

 

“The SPDC is imposing further restrictions on the Rohingya community, who are living in the area as they (Rohingya) cannot easily cross the border to escape from Burma, when they are under pressure,” a student from Maungdaw said.

 

The authority is going to fence from Anguemaw to Amtahla, and will also fence on the bank of the Naff River on the Burmese side. It is going to be more than 45 miles long.

 

“If the authorities successfully fence the border, they would be able to control the Rohingya community from crossing the border, when persecution - forced labor, movement, marriage, educational, religious, social and political restrictions – will become unbearable for the Rohingya people,” a local elder from Maungdaw said.