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    Rohingya babies suffering malnutrition in Arakan State

    Myanmar Rohingya children walk though the slum near the sea in the town of Sittwe May 19, 2012. Picture taken May 19, 2012. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
    by Fayas Ahmed

    Rohingya babies and children are dying from
    malnutrition inside the camps or outside the camp in Arakan State.
    The President Thein Sein’s government is implementing its own
    ethnic cleansing policy, using starvation in place of shooting to
    kill Rohingyas.

    Thousands of kids are starving to death.  Water
    and sanitation facilities are inadequate, resulting in
    life-threatening illnesses. Many Rohingyas are surviving on a cup of
    rice each day and little else. It’s not enough for breast-feeding
    mother.



    The doctors of NGOs have not been given travel
    permits to help refugees, so they can only get the most basic
    supplies. The Burmese government is reluctant to allow aid workers to
    help refugees who don’t officially exist to sustain their babies.
    It’s not enough for adults. It’s not enough for little.


    There is no safety and security for Rohingyas in
    Arakan. The present quasi civilian government is failing to protect
    the Rohingya population.

    According to local sources, most of the Rohingyas
    are trapped in their homes and villages, unable to go to health
    center, schools, paddy fields or buying food because of arrest and
    torture of security forces and also fear of local Rakhine attacks.

    All the Rakhine people of Arakan State including
    Buddhist monks and the Central and State government are united to
    ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas or genocide of Rohingyas. They all are
    liars, murderers, butchers, rapists, looters, characterless,
    dishonest and the worst evil persons without moral and hearts.

    No action was taken to the murderers of the ten
    Muslims at Taungup. Ma Thida Htwe was not raped or murdered by the
    Muslims, but it was created by RNDP’s member Nyi Bu and NLD’s
    member Aung Zan Way.

    There is not a single Rohingya in the Inquiry
    Commission though there are more than five Rakhines who committed
    murder and violence to Rohingyas. The violence itself is one-sided
    violence against the Rohingyas with the help of security forces.

    How can we expect justice from Minister of Border
    affairs Thein Htay, Minister of Immigration and Manpower U Khin Ye
    and Police Chief   Maj Gen  Kyaw Kyaw Tun as their forces
    were fully cooperated with the Rakhines. They masterminded the
    violence. They are actual actors or culprits or criminals.

    Recently, Minister Thein Htay stressed the
    government had no ulterior motives in its handling of the Arakan
    violence and called for trust from the international community. We
    have nothing hiding. We just wish to have comprehensive assistance
    and encouragement to solve the issue. The chronic poverty and a lack
    of jobs had given rise to frustrations that were expressed through
    communal tensions. At the root is under development in the region.
    The minister more added that these tensions can be solved through
    ways of development.

    Besides, Minister for Immigration and Manpower Khin
    Yi said the government would resolve the issue of citizenship for the
    Rohingya by awarding it those who could prove that their families had
    lived in Burma for two generations. If they meet those requirements
    they are entitled to receive citizenship. I will stick to 1982
    Immigration Law. Recently, U Khin Yi described the selection of
    citizenship with checking of blood generation (no India blood) at
    press conference on December 8 in Rangoon.

    Moreover, Police Maj-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun said
    investigations to determine who is to blame for the violence were
    still ongoing.

    Additionally, Thein Htay said chronic poverty and a
    lack of jobs had given rise to frustrations that were expressed
    through communal tensions. At the root is under development in the
    region, he said, adding that these tensions can be solved through
    ways of development.

    They can say whatever they think but change when
    they think it better.

    This is not ethnic cleansing. This is a pre-planned
    cold- blooded genocide. It was simply one-sided violence against the
    Rohingyas of Arakan. Even though international outcries, the
    government is trying to use the discriminatory “Black Law of 1982”
    over the Rohingya community to influence the nationality.

    The Rohingya people of Arakan State are willing to
    withdraw the restriction of movement and to give access to do works.
    People are facing acute scarcity of essentials since June this year. 
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