Burma Times Correspondent: September 15, 2015
A Rohingya woman managed to escape from her abductors by jumping off a bridge in Akyab township.
On the afternoon of September 7, Hamida Begum (23) was out collecting firewood near her village in Shabook when two Rakhine men armed with sharp weapons forced her on their motorbike. They sandwiched her in their motorbike and began driving towards the direction of a Rakhine village known as Aung Mingalar.
In a desperate attempt, Hamida managed to jump from the motor bike on the Hati para bridge. The Rakhines brandished their knives and tried to catch her but Hamida made a daring plunge into the river. The miscreants looked for her but the woman concealed herself. After a long search, the Rakhines supposing she was dead left the scene.
By that time it was quite dark and Hamida hid herself in fear of more Rakhines. By that time, Rohingyas had become aware of the incident and launched a search and rescue mission. Hamida saw a man with a torchlight and identified him as a fellow villager. She revealed herself and was taken back to the village.