Some locals from Maungdaw Township say they will not return to their villages torched by extremist Bengali terrorists.
On August 25, Bengali terrorists attacked 30 border police outposts in Maungdaw Township in Rakhine State.
No one is left in Kaigyi (Mro) in southern Maungdaw and Nanthartaung village, Khutaing (Mro) village, Myawady village, upper Pyuma, Hindu village in Khamaungseik and Yinkarmadi village in nothern Maungdaw Township.
A Mro woman from Kaikgyi village said: “I move to this place for fear of terror attacks by Bengalis. There were security personnel in the village where eight villagers were killed. All villagers fled as the Tatmadaw withdrew from this village. No one is left in the village. No one dare to live there.”
Ko Kyaw Naing Oo, a villager from Kaigyi (Mro) village said: “We will not return to our village as Bengalis from Mawrawady carry out attacks. We have urged union ministers to resettle us near ethnic villages. We will be in danger when we go back to the village. Life safety is of great importance even though we have farms and plantations there.”
Ko Ye Htike Aung, a teacher from Khudaing village said: “No one is left in the village. I have to flee the village along with villagers. Villagers remain in Buthedaung. Bengali terrorists set fire to Khudaing village on August 28. Teachers and villagers had to hide on May Yu Mountain. It is impossible to go back to the village. There is no house and food. Terrorists torched more than 20 houses. I want to go back to my region. But there is no security. The resettlement of villagers is possible only when there is security. All villagers get frightened by terror attacks.”
Sithu, a teacher said: “No one is left in Myawaddy village. Mingyi village has a few people. The remaining people have moved to Sittwe and Buthedaung Townships. Some people no longer want to stay in the village.”
People from Nanthartaung village are taking shelter in relief camps in Maungdaw as the whole village was torched by terrorists. Terrorists decapitated all Buddha statues in Gyonan pagoda in Nanthartaung philantrophic school and destroyed monastery. In addition, more than 100 people from a Hindu village in Khamaungseik are still missing.
On September 2, the Union Minister for Home Affairs visited Maungdaw and told the displaced to help them resettle in their villages. Villagers called on the minister to step up security in the region.
On September 12, a six-member team led by Deputy Speaker of Upper House Parliament U Aye Tha Aung provided cash assistance to the bereaved families of those killed in terror attacks and the displaced. The deputy speaker held a discussion with departmental officials on security, rehabilitation and implementation of long-term development projects.
The delegation led by the deputy speaker, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu and State Minister for Social Affairs Dr Chan Tha provided rice and cash assistance to people from in Aungtharyar (Natala), Aungzeya (Natala), Aungmingalar and Kyeekanpyin villages in northern Maungdaw Township.
On Septeember 13, a villager from Aungzeya Peace Village near Kyeekanpyin Border Force Headquarters in northern Maungdaw Township was arrested by three Bengalis from Kyeekanpyin Bengali village at around 9 am while searching for fishes outside the village. He was released after few hours.
Some displaced persons taking shelter in Taungpyoletwel Township are being transported to their villages under the escort of the Tatmadaw.