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Myanmar Military demolished Islamic school in Sittwe

By The Stateless Rohingya

Sittwe: Myanmar Military demolished a Madrassa (Islamic religious school) for renovating roof in Mistridil village, Sittwe at 12:30pm on July 17, 2017.

The commander of Sittwe Regional Battalion ordered the demolition on the accusation of rebuilding of the Madrassa which roof was destroyed in Cyclone Mora.

“We were just repairing the roof only with the support of impoverished villagers as our children are unable to study in the Madrassa due to the continuous downfall in monsoon season. The roof was blown away in Cyclone Mora.

We have no alternative facilities other than this madrassa to educate our kids. So we tried to repair it,” reported a local villager under the condition of anonymity.

Madrassas are the primary teaching facilities for Rohingya children to read and write Arabic inscriptions of the Qur’an.

The impoverished condition with additional restrictions on education, religious practice, movement and citizenship, Rohingya community in Rakhine State faces the deep-rooted state-sponsored persecution.

Since June 2012, the community faced a number of outbreaks of violence which displaced almost entire Rohingya population from Sittwe and other parts of the State into several internally displaced person camps, and the ongoing clearance operations are also responsible in the making of more than 75,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as well as strong evidence of ‘crimes against humanity’ being committed by Myanmar Military against Rohingya civilians in northern Maungdaw Township.