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Rohingya village burned down following Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to northern Rakhine

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By The Stateless Rohingya

“This is the gift that Suu Kyi has left for us, burning down our village on the day she delivered her sweet talk on how to develop and provide humanitarian assistance”

On November 2, Myanmar’s State-counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi made an unannounced one-day visit to northern Rakhine State where Myanmar military has been committing the acts of genocide against the region’s majority Rohingya Muslims since August 25, 2017.

Following a brief stop in Sittwe, with a heavy personal security, she visited Pandaw Pyin (Nol Boinna), Khun Taung, Taung Pyo Lat Wae and Kyikanpyin in Maungdaw, meeting Rohingya and other minorities who were reportedly selected by the military itself.

She was accompanied by Minister of Home Affairs Lt. General Kyaw Swe, Minister of Border Affairs Lt. General Ye Aung, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu, business advisors U Zaw Zaw, U Pyi Po Htay Za and Daw Nan Hlaing Kan, and many other.

Shwe La, Photo: Irrawaddy

Shwe La, a well-known Rohingya collaborator and agent of the military and the government was brought from Sittwe as the translator to northern Maungdaw. Shwe La has recently come into spotlight after he was used as a shield to brainwash the remaining Rohingya population and spread anti-Rohingya rhetoric on Rohingya history and presence in Rakhine State through Myanmar media outlets.

Many Rohingya villagers claimed that the security has chosen Rohingya who cannot speak Burmese fluently, in order to show the public that Rohingya do not know the national language, which has been one of the propaganda narratives in the campaign of genocide. The villagers also asserted that Shwe La was selected as the translator despite there are several educated and well-spoken Rohingya elders in the villages.

Rohingya are now in intense pressure and suppression from the military and the government authorities who have been forcing Rohingya villagers to take up National Verification Cards (NVCs) which removes the right to self-identification as Rohingya, or face forced-starvation and expulsion from Myanmar. Several villages which are less affected, are barred from harvesting and farming in paddy fields, fishing and travelling within the villages unless they accept NVC cards.

Several thousands of Rohingya who are against the NVC cards are stranded along the border. On Wednesday, more than 2,000 starving Rohingya men, women and children awaited at the border who are denied permission to enter into Bangladesh by Border Guards Bangladesh.

As Aung San Suu Kyi parted Rakhine State, Thu Oo Lah (locally known as Kolla Bil) was burned down by the military on Thursday, November 2.

“This is the gift that Suu Kyi has left for us, burning down our village on the day she delivered her sweet talk on how to develop and provide humanitarian assistance,” said a distressed Rohingya villager who does not want to reveal his name.

He also said, “Every time a delegation leaves, Rohingya villagers who speak out the real situations of Rohingya under the hands of military and Buddhist extremists, are either tortured or burned their villages.”

He believes Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is just a propaganda tool to show the Myanmar public and the international community that she really cares when her government has given the military the green light to commit the genocide and denied the well-documented acts of genocide.

Aung San Suu Kyi is widely criticised by the world for not standing up against the atrocities faced by Rohingya Muslims, and not visiting the region where severe human rights are committed by the military.

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