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    Army destroys garden for logs to bake bricks in Maungdaw



    Maungdaw,
    Arakan State
    : Army is destroying Rohingyas’ garden to make logs
    for baking bricks in Maungdaw Township for constructing of an old
    road which was established by British government during Second World
    War-II, said a an elder from the local preferring not to be named.


    This
    road is running from north to south of Maungdaw Township. Recently,
    the government has been constructing this road with the help of
    bulldozer for mounding and digging the soil for the road. The army
    doesn’t take forced labor from the villagers.”



    But
    the army needs logs to bake bricks in the kiln. As a result, the
    commander of the army went to nearby villages recently and asked them
    to sell their gardens for cutting logs which were grown by the help
    of an NGO named CARE— 5 to 10 years ago. Villagers want to provide
    them logs for baking bricks from the natural forest, but the
    commander compelled the villagers to sell their gardens. Therefore,
    villagers refused to sell their fruit- yielding trees to the
    commander, said one of the garden owners.


    The
    villagers had grown— mango trees, Tarm trees (like mango trees), 81
    and 82 trees, orange trees, lemon trees, Zam trees, Kori trees, teak
    and etc.”

    On
    January 17, twenty acres of mango ( Rin Qay Thi – in Burmese) garden
    owned by Molvi Ismail of Kilai Daung village of Maungdaw east was
    totally cut down by Rakhine villagers into logs for baking bricks
    for road construction though there are plenty of trees nearby
    mountain, said a villager.



    At
    present, in Kilai Daung village, the concerned authorities are trying
    to settle 30 Rakhine families which were brought recently to Maungadw
    from Bangladesh. It is learnt that recently about 200 Rakhine
    families were brought to Arakan State from Bangladesh, the villager
    more added.

    The
    village Administration officer of Kilai Daung village is from Rakhine
    community, so, he is pushing army to harass Rohingya villagers.

    In
    similar way, there are about 200 acres of garden owned by Gudu Sara
    villagers, of them 50 acres have been cut down by the Rakhine
    villagers that were brought to Arakan State from Bangladesh recently,
    a local businessman said.

    A
    village trader who denied to be named said,” It is a deliberate
    action against the Rohingya community. There is plenty of wood nearby
    forest; so it is not need to cut logs from the garden of Rohingyas.”



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