authorities (Nasaka) started and forcibly took photographs of Rohigya
families on January 4 in Maungdaw south, said a local elder from Aley
Than Kyaw on condition of anonymity.
in the morning, a group of Nasaka personnel went to the Gonjondia
village of Maungdaw south and took photographs of 50 families today
morning. They are not willing to give permission to take photographs
but they are compelled to do so. ”
identified as—the Village Administrator Biala, Abdu Salam, Jaker
and other two collaborators. They all belong to Gonjondia village of
Other villagers did not cooperate with the Nasaka
because the authorities wrote “Bengali” in the Form instead of
“Rohingya.” Though the villagers told them to write “Rohingya,”
in the race, the authority did not take any heed and wrote “Bengali,”
said a village elder who denied to be named.
Yesterday, the Commander of Nasaka
area No. 7 of Maungdaw Township summoned some Village Administrators
and told them to cooperate with Nasaka during the taking of
photographs of villagers, said an aide of Nasaka.
The officer also said, “If anyone
does not comply with the order, he/she will be punished according to
the law. We will take photographs over five years old and every
family member should be present in the home.”
Besides, five family members were
also taken photographs by the Nasaka in Myient Hlut village
yesterday. They are also collaborators of Nasaka. The families head
were identified as— Yousuf, Jabbo, Sayed, Hashim and Abdul Hafez,
said another village elder preferring not to be named.
The Nasaka also collecting Kyat
2,000 to 5,000 per family for photographs, said a local.
very afraid at the moment as the concerned authorities are giving
pressure and forcibly taking photographs. We have no security.
Anytime, we will be arrested with fabricated and false allegation by
the concerned authorities. There is no law and order. No one comes to
save us,” said a local schoolteacher.
“This investigation is not a
genuine query. Its intention is to give physically and mentally
harassment to the Rohingya community after June violence in 2012. At
present, we need— security, shelter, clothes, food and medicine. We
need to stop so call inquiry by inquiry commission immediately,”
according to a local trader preferring not to be named.