Starvation in Santouli
Burma Times Correspondent: February 26, 2015
Around 120 families in an Akyab neighbourhood are living in starvation, according to our local correspondent.
These households at Santouli have not been granted refugee statues by the government following the 2012 riots.
During the riots, like some other Akyab neighbourhoods, the Muslims in this area put up a desperate resistance against a Rakhine mob. In this neighbourhood, the Rohingya defence was particularly stubborn and many of the attackers were killed as they tried to storm the Muslim lines.
Subsequently the Rakhine mob after incurring losses on their side retreated without taking the neighbourhood. The military then moved in with machine guns mowing through the men and women defenders who were armed only with sharp instruments. The mob then moved in and an orgy of rape and murder followed.
Because of their desperate defence that killed many Buddhist rioters, the government has a particular venom against some of the Akyab neighbourhoods. Like many other neighbourhoods in the state capital, Santouli is a shadow of its former self.
Currently Santouli is under blockade and the residents are prevented from leaving for work.
A man who spoke to Burma Times requested aid agencies to move in to Santouli to end starvation. Alternatively he said the government should lift the blockade and let them go to work.
Akyab was once a mixed city where Rakhines only had a slim majority over Muslims. Now that has changed as Rohingyas have been confined to their quarters or in IDP camps while huge numbers have moved to other countries.