MYARF Report | Written by M.S. Anwar
March 18, 2014
Buthidaung, Arakan- A Buddhist monastery at the village of Guta Pyin (Godam Fara) in Buthidaung Township caught fire around 10AM on 16th March 2014. Monks at the monastery shouted out for help and local Rohingyas came to extinguish the fire.
“It was around 10AM on 16th March 2014 that some structures of the monastery at Guta Pyin (Godam Fara) caught fire. Monks shouted out for help. There was scarcely any Rakhine to help them. Hence, Rohingyas from the nearby areas came out and extinguished the fire together with the monks (who had only been throwing soil at the fire before the arrival of the Rohingyas) before it caught the main monastery building.
The reason behind the fire on the monastery was apparently from the remnants of the burning wood at the nearby forest” said a local of the Guta Pyin.
“No one has been arrested in relation to the cause of the fire. But as usual, some Rakhine extremists are trying to blame Rohingyas even for that.”
Buthidaung Township (source: google map)