Burma Times Correspondent: September 01, 2015
Military personal are firing at cows owned by Rohingya Muslims in Ang Dhang, Maungdaw South.
As a result of the ‘target practicing’, many cows have been killed. For many Rohingyas, a cow is often the only fixed asset. So this has left many villagers bankrupt.
Military is using automatic assault rifles and the cows don’t stand any chance. This target practice started on August 19 and after a few days, locals are not taking the cows to the fields anymore.
As military started firing, many of the small children almost fell in the line of the fire.
Locals also say that because of restrictions on movement, they don’t have a stable income. Under such circumstances, the loss of livestock is hitting them especially hard.
The army moved into Ang DHang in the last week of July after Rohingyas refused to accept the green card. When the immigration officials forcibly tried to register some Rohingyas, they ran away and the whole village followed them. This sparked outrage among the administration and a blockade was declared and the military was called in.
Government officials have threatened to starve the local Rohingyas into accepting the green card. The systematic shooting of livestock is seen by Rohingyas as another step in that direction, along with the blockade that has already crippled livelihood.