Maungdaw, Arakan State: Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) distributed some cows and goats to the villagers of Maungdaw Township on September 28, said a local trader on condition of anonymity. 

On that day, the FAO members with the help of local Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) members distributed 22-cow including 6 bulls and 16 female cows and 18-goat to the villagers of Maung Nama Aley (middle) Ywar (village). 

According to a villager, it was estimated that a cow will be cost Kyat 250,000 to Kyat 300,000 per head in the local market and the goat will be cost Kyat 30,000 to Kyat 40, 000 per each.  These were brought to Maungdaw north from southern side of Arakan State (Rakhine State).  

But, the cows and goats were not fairly distributed to the villagers. Most of the cows and goats were distributed among the relatives of VPDC members.  But, the poor villagers did not get the cows and goats.  So, it is needed to check the distribution of cows and goats by the higher concerned FAO members, said a local elder preferring not to be named.

The VPDC members Taher and Md Yunus distributed most of the cows to their relatives. For instance, they distributed 4 cows to Md. Islam, the brother of ex-village Chairman Jubair and another two cows to father-in- law of Jubair.  Three cows were also distributed to Tahers’s younger brother and his uncle. They are well to do family, said a local elder on condition of anonymity.

The VPDC members Md. Islam distributed 4 cows to a family by using his power and of them; one of the cows was taken for his own because of his initiative to get cows from FAO members, said a local schoolmaster.  

The FAO members also distributed six goats to the villagers of Maung Nama Nge village that is estimated that it will be cost to Kyat 30,000 to 40,000 per head in the local market The VPDC member Md. Taher distributed one goat to his mother, one to his younger brother, one to Lila Begum, one to Fazal Khsim and the rest to other villagers.

A local businessman said, “The local VPDC members together with the local FAO members indirectly take the money. But, the local poor villagers are deprived from the aid.”