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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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