Consul of Bangladesh in Sittwe and party meet Mro ethnics in Maungdaw

Writer: 
Thar Shwe Oo (Kitsapa)
 
Shah Alom Khokon, Consul of Bangladesh in Sittwe, Rakhine State and party met Mro ethnics, one of the sub-groups of Rakhine tribes, who fled to Maungdaw in Rakhine from Bangladesh and consul affairs were carried out there.
 
These Mro ethnics entered Maungdaw in Rakhine State and resided there following the August 25 ARSA attacks on Myanmar police outposts in 2017. 
 
They were met by Shah Alom Khokon, Consul of Bangladesh in Sittwe, Rakhine State and party at Thiri Mingalar Hall in Maungdaw and consul affairs were also carried out on August 2. The Bangladeshi consul and party met 166 Mro ethnics on August 2.  On August 3, Bangladeshi consul and party will meet the remaining Mro ethnics who were naturalized as Bangladeshi citizens. 
 
The Mro ethnics who fled to Rakhine from Bangladesh are now residing in Thitdonnar Gwazon, Nanyarkie, Mingalar Nyunt and Myawady villages, northern part of Maungdaw, Rakhine State. 
 
Union Minister Kyaw Tin met Bangladeshi ambassador Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury on May 8 and the former told the latter that 368  Rakhine tribes such as Mro, Khami and Dienet who were allegedly thought as Bangladeshi citizens have entered Myanmar during a few months ago. They discussed how to scrutinize those entering Myanmar and how to send them back to Bangladesh on their own. 
 
Starting the end of February in 2018, those fleeing Bangladesh have entered Maungdaw in Myanmar. Until March 23, the number of Rakhine, Mro and Dienet entering Myanmar were more than 340 and they are residing in five villages, northern part of Maungdaw. 
 
Now there are 24 Rakhine families with 81 people in Aungthabyay village, 30 Mro families with 155 people and 4 Dienet families with 27 people in Thitdonnar Gwazon, 11 Mro families with 63 people, 6 Rakhine ethnics in Nantthataung village and 13 Dienet people in Meetaik village numbering 345 people living in the northern part of Maungdaw starting early 2018. 
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut