Burma Times Correspondent: April 28, 2015
On Saturday, it was announced that all villagers in Kiladong (Du Char Yar Taan) will be given temporary documents for the white cards they surrendered. However two days have passed and there are no signs of the documents.
Unlike other villages, locals in Kiladong have not been given any temporary documents when they handed over their white cards. As a result, they have no proof of residence in this land. This leaves an open field for the government if they accuse the villagers of being Bangladesh nationals as they don’t have proper papers.
There was a brief moment of hope when on Saturday, the Aishwaramu of the village tract announced that their long and tense wait is over. However, the promise has not materialised. Locals say they have been specially targeted by the government over the white card politics.
The particular hatred towards Kiladong goes back to January 2014 when a mob of Rakhines backed by security forces killed scores of Muslims, mainly women and children in this remote village.
Since then the government has spearheaded a campaign to deny the massacre and pursued the survivors of this village so as to prevent them giving eyewitness accounts of the killings. The police also regard Kiladong villagers as terrorists who had killed one of their colleagues in retaliation for the beheading of 8 Muslim villagers last year.
It is not clear whether the trend of not giving any documents in exchange for the white card will be repeated throughout some other Rohingya villages. If that happens, the government has indeed embarked on a mission to deprive all Rohingyas of all legal documents.