Monday, 25 May 2020

Buthidaung, Burma: With extortion continuing unabated, Rohingya villagers have been ordered to provide cattle and money to the Nasaka, Burma’s border security force in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, Burma.

On July 1 the Nasaka summoned five people namely,  Ali Ullah (35) son of Hossain, Nazu Meah (25) son of Hossain Ali, Kafiyat Ullah (45) son of Kamal, Amin Ullah (27) son of Karim Ullah and Nur Zahan (22) daughter of Faruk. They all hail from Aley Chaung village-tract in Buthidaung Township, said a local villager who recently visited Bangladesh.

The villagers were taken to the Nasaka camp in Buthidaung Town with the help of the Aley Chaung Village Peace and Devolvement Council (VPDC) Chairman.

At the camp, they were told by Nasaka officials that they would have to hand over one head of cattle and Kyat 1,000 each within a day. If they did not comply with the order the villagers would be punished.

The Nasaka did not explain to the villagers why they had to provide the cattle and money. The Nasaka simply stated that they needed it urgently.

Out of fear they provided one head of cattle and Kyat 1,000 each to the Nasaka on July 2.

Villagers believe that the money and cattle would be distributed among the Natala or model villagers who are yet to arrive in Arakan State from Central Burma.