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.
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.”
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.
villagers had grown— mango trees, Tarm trees (like mango trees), 81
and 82 trees, orange trees, lemon trees, Zam trees, Kori trees, teak
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.
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
village Administration officer of Kilai Daung village is from Rakhine
community, so, he is pushing army to harass Rohingya villagers.
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.
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.”