Burma Times Correspondent: January 27, 2015
Sources say that 65 Bangladeshi Rakhine citizens have crossed over from the Bandarban area in Bangladesh starting from January 16.
At this moment, they are sheltering in the city of Kyouk Taw.
The Bangladeshi Rakhines allege persecution by the country’s security forces and mainstream Bengali settlers. However the other hill tribes and Buddhist communities don’t leave Bangladesh on grounds of persecution.
Their arrival was welcomed by the Rakhine National Party which arranged medical treatment and shelter for the Bangladeshi citizens.
Kyouk Taw is a Rakhine stronghold where Muslims have been ejected. Muslims were slaughtered and burned alive in the city by the dozens in 2012.
The Bangladeshi Rakhines are likely to be settled on what was once Muslim lands.
The aftermath of anti-Muslim riots have seen the arrival of many Rakhine Buddhists from Bangladesh. State officials said at that time that they were welcome to settle in Arakan. Since then they were settled in ‘model villages’ on what was once Rohingya lands.