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Myanmar Troops and Rakhine Extremists Set Fire to the Last Remaining Rohingya Homes in Rathedaung

By The Stateless Rohingya

Myanmar Troops and Rakhine Extremists Set Fire to the Last Remaining Rohingya Homes in Rathedaung

Rathedaung, Rakhine State, Burma.

Ganging up with the Rakhine extremists, Myanmar troops are still torching the Rohingya villages in a series of arson which began about two weeks ago.

Last week, the soldiers and the extremists set fire to Chin Ywar, Thin Ga Nat, Tar Pyi Taw, and Phali Ywar, in Rathedaung, forcing an estimated 50,000 Rohingya flee the villages. The Rakhine men looted the jewelleries, cash, cattle and other valuables from the Rohingya households during that attack.

On September 8 and 9 the soldiers (soldiers and the Rakhines) returned to the villages and set alight the remaining Rohingya houses. Now, all Rohingya houses in the four Rathedaung villages are completely burnt to ashes.

The United Nations estimated yesterday that since the August 25, around 270,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. It means, since 2015, approximately twenty-five percent of the Rohingya population of Myanmar has fled from Burma to Bangladesh.

Around 600,000 Rohingya are still believed to be stranded in the forests or remote areas of Burma since their villages were burnt in the past couple of weeks. Many have been forced to flee their villages in such hurry to save their lives that they could not even bury their relatives who were killed in the attacks.

Tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya are lying trapped in Rakhine’s jungles under the open sky and many of them must be going without food. While the Myanmar military and the government- which is covering up for them- are saying that this is nothing but a “clearance operation”,  in reality it is a systematic plan by the authorities to kill as many Rohingya as possible and throw the rest out of the country for good.

Myanmar government’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi continued defending the atrocities against the Rohingya. While she claims that there is an “iceberg” of misinformation around the situation in Rakhine, the real message she is sending out to the outside world that she has no control over the fledgling “democracy”.

At first Suu Kyi refused to speak out against the military that kept her under house arrest for 15 years. But, now she has made her own statements of propaganda and it is clear that she is complicit in the crimes against humanity which are being committed against the Rohingya.

Throughout the past week, across the world, protest rallies were held in condemning the Myanmar military’s violent attacks against the Rohingya. Protesters in the rally held Daw Suu Kyi responsible for the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people and the related deaths, numbering in thousands.

Bangladesh is a long journey for the displaced Rohingya people stranded in Rathedaung area. They are desperate to come over to Bangladesh. But to reach the border they have to pass through Rakhine villages where they fear of being attacked. The Rohingyas who are trapped in Rathedaung are praying for international intervention which, they believe, will provide them a safe passage to Bangladesh.