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No Eid praying, but celebrate Qurbani (sacrifice) in Maungdaw

KPN News
October 16, 2013
Maungdaw, Arakan State: Rohingya community in Maungdaw had not able to
celebrate the Muslim biggest festival of Eid-ul-Adaha mass praying, but able to
sacrifice (Qurbani) today in Maungdaw, said Anwer, a community leader from
Maungdaw.
The village administration officer had collected from 2000-3500 kyat per
sacrificed cow, in the name of U Kyi San, the admin officer of Maungdaw
Township, Anwer said.
The authority took all sale tax and other taxes while an animal- cow and
goat-  was sale in the market, why again the village admin collected
money  in the name of Maungdaw admin officer, it is totally unfair and it
is also discrimination of religious, Anwer more added.

We prayed our Eid praying in the houses with relatives and we sacrificed
to cow as Qurbani, using to distribute the meat to the poor in Maungdaw. Most
of Rohingya community who can able to sacrificed to cow as Qubani were giving
their sacrificed meat to the poor who lost their homes, property since June 8,
2012, said Hashim, a social worker from Maungdaw.

“We are happy to distribute meat to poor as they are not able to buy
meat as it cost more than 8000kyat per kilogram,” Hashim said.
But, some security force had disturbed who were going to sacrifice cow
(Qurbani) in the rural area – police personnel robbed meat from Maulana Ayub
who had brought meat from Ngan Chaung to Ooshaikya today evening, said 
Ahmed, an elder from Maungdaw north.
Maungdaw district administration officer-U Aung Myint Soe- summoned all
village admin officers from Maungdaw in his office on October 14 where he held
a meeting with them, said a participant of the meeting said preferring not to
be named.
In the meeting, the district admin officer asked to submit the list of
university students which the Rohingya community asked the President U Thein
Sein about the future of Rohingya students; to help the security personnel to
maintain law and order in the areas and the emergency Act 144 had been imposed
in the areas to maintain peace between two communities-Rakhine and Rohingya.
The Act did not allow to gather more than five persons, so next coming Muslin
festival – Eid ul Adaha –did not allow to mass praying in the field or in the
mosques, religious institutes and building. All village must help and cooperate
the security force and administration office, the participant said.
But the impact of the Act 144 is only for Rohingya community, not for
Rakhine community, the participant more added.