Burma Times Correspondent: August 18, 2015
A court in Akyab has sentenced 18 Rohingyas to one and a half year imprisonment for travelling to Bangladesh for medical treatment.
The court passed the sentence of August 5 against the Rohingyas arrested last year for illegally crossing the border.
Rohingyas are generally not welcome in the hospitals of Arakan state which is reserved only for the Buddhist population. Some Rohingyas admitted to the hospitals have even been murdered by hospital staff. Under such circumstances, Rohingyas avoid the hospitals even in dire need.
The only other option left is to cross the border into Bangladesh. But those crossing the border even for medical treatment run the risk of prosecution by the law if they return to their homes.