Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Buthidaung, Arakan State: Two Rohingya farmers were looted by Burmese Army soldiers on the Maungdaw-Buthidaung mountain pass, Nga kyi Dauk, in the second week of December, sources said.

There are no jobs in Buthidaung and local Arakanese Rohingya people (labourers) go looking for jobs to Maungdaw Township with travel passes from the authorities in Buthidaung, the sources added.

A month ago, two brothers procured work permits from the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) in Buthidaung for a month, to go and earn money in Maungdaw Township, according to Maungdaw villagers.

The brothers Md. Sharif (40) and Abdul Halek (35) sons of Abudullah, hail from Nga Kyi Dauk village tract in Buthidaung Township.

After a month, they were returning home through the mountain pass, which is easier to cross the mountain and less expensive than to travel by motor road because the Arakanese Rohingya have to pay toll along the road where security camps are located, said a Maungdaw school teacher.

On the way, two soldiers from LIBs No, 353 without uniforms looted all the money they earned in Maungdaw, said a relative of victim.

The soldiers took Kyat 102,000 from them and let them go, the relative said.

Once in a while, soldiers and Arakanese Rakhine youths rob Arakanese Rohingya people, who cross the mountain, pass with goods. The Arakanese Rohingya usually use the mountain pass, said a farmer.