Friday, 14 August 2020

By Tin Soe
Maungdaw, Arakan State:
  The Burmese border security force (Nasaka) has restricted registering more than two children while the authorities are collecting family list data and updating its programme, said a village authority member.

On January 25, Shamshu Alam and 21 Arakanese Rohingya of Kyauk Pyin Seik (Naribil) were stopped from registering their children. They had signed when they got marriage permits that they will not have more than two children, the village members said.
The order was issued by the military intelligence Sergeant Sein Hlin Htun at the outpost of Kyauk Pyin Seik under Nasaka sector number 5, the village member added.
Most from the Arakanese Rohingya community have more than two children, but the authorities are bent on controlling the population and issue marriage permission on the condition that they will have only two children, said a school teacher from the village.
“It only happens in our village tract, not other parts of Maungdaw. The authorities have no system and do whatever they want to,” said the teacher.
This order does not apply to other ethnic groups like Arakanese Rakhine community, said a student from Maungdaw.