Burma Times Correspondent: August 16, 2015
Flood affected Rohingyas in Kyauktaw have appealed to international relief organisations and media personal in the area to visit their villages and find out the actual situation for themselves and not depend on information propagated by the government.
It is alleged that while government relief efforts target the affected Rakhine populace, Rohingya Muslims, who are even worse sufferers are totally ignored. While some international organisations have come up to help Rohingyas, many of the more remote neighbourhoods remain out of their reach.
Rohingyas claim that authorities divert the attention of the donors towards areas that hold more Buddhists and intentionally bypass the Muslims. In some areas where international donors have given assistance through Rohingya leaders, aid has often been siphoned.
In Rathedaung, aid to Rohingyas were snatched by the military and given to Rakhines.
In some areas of Kyauktaw, Rohingyas were turned out of schools and community centres by the military who said it was needed to shelter Rakhines, though they remain abandoned.
Meanwhile in Akyab, some pro government Rohingyas are giving out aid on one condition – the beneficiaries needed to sign up for the controversial identity paper known as the green card.
Rohingyas refuse to accept the green card as it identifies them as Bengalis.