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Rohingyas become cattle less in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Natala (New settler) villagers are
stealing Rohingyas’ cattle openly in Maungdaw since June riot which made the
Rohingyas cattle less, according to an elder from Maungdaw south. “The security
forces are also helping the new settler for stealing the cattle while grazing
near the forest.”

The Natala villagers took away four cattle from grazing
field where many cattle were grazing at that time on October 14 evening. The
cattle belong to Hamid Hussain, 40, hailed from Khonza Bill village under Aley
Than Kyaw village tract, Maungdaw south, according to a local from Aley Than

“Hamid complained to the local Nasaka personnel under Nasaka
area number 7 about his cattle which was taken by Natala, but the officer told
him that they will investigate later, said a relative of Hamid.

Similarly, the armies who have been taking security measure
in Maungdaw south were taken away 50 cows along with Natala villagers from
Gudusara village of Maungdaw south, while grazing in the field without giving
any information to the owners of the cattle, said one of the cattle owners
preferring not be named.

“Why the army takes away these cows from the villagers while
the villagers are facing acute crisis of food, movement restriction and always
living in their villages for fear of arrest, “said a village elder that did not
identified his name.

“The army also took away cattle, goats and fowls from the
villagers with the collaboration of Natala villagers. Sometimes, they shot the
cows and goats in the field and were taken to their camp. Occasionally, the
army shot dead some of the villages when they met on the road. They have no
difference between Rohingyas and animals.”

The army was sent to Maungdaw south to take extreme action
against the Rohingya villagers as the concerned higher authority did not
satisfy over the actions taking by Nasaka, police and Hluntin against the
Rohingya villagers, a community leader from the locality said.

“When the army reached to Maungdaw south after June 8
violence, the villagers welcomed them hoping that the army will give protection
from the persecutions of Nasaka and police. But, later, the villagers saw that
army’s brutalities against the villagers are worse than the Nasaka’s ones.”

The army went to Nurula Para after arrival at Maungdaw south
from Buthidaung, took out all the villagers including women and children and
beat them severely. Some of the villagers were arrested and also looted goods,
gold ornaments and cash from the villagers, local youth said on condition of

The army has been giving troubles to the villagers of
Maungdaw south such as—-arresting, torturing, killing, rape women and girls and
looting goods from the villages. The army, Nasaka, police accompanied by Local
Rakine villagers are giving troubles to these villages such as Gudusara,
Horsara, Baggona, Aley Than Kyaw. Nurulla Para and Udaung, the local youth

Every day, Natal villagers with the help of army loot the
properties, torturing villagers, taking or stealing cattle and essentials of
Rohingya Muslims in Maungdaw south, according to sources.

Sources also said that villagers are facing many
difficulties to move from one place to another because of fear of arrest by
Natala villagers, Nasaka, police and army.