Burma Times Correspondent: August 27, 2015
Rohingyas in one of the worst flood hit regions in the country have been blockaded and prevented access outside their neighbourhood. As a result of the blockade imposed by security forces and Rakhine miscreants, Rohingyas from Mamra are cut off from essential supplies and livelihood options.
Already three infant children have died as their parents were prevented from leaving the area in search of treatment from informal doctors or chartable organisations. Mainstream clinics do not provide treatment for Rohingya Muslims.
The deceased have been identified as two and a half year Noor Hashim, two year Anisa Bibi and two and a half year Ismat Ara Begum. According to Ismail, father of Ismat, the authorities said they would only be allowed to go to the doctor if they paid 350,000 kyats, money which they could not afford.
Other families who have sick children have been paying huge amounts of bribes to the BGP and police for letting them go out.
Disease is rife in the area as the floodwaters start to recede, bringing misery among the populace especially the infant children.
Livelihood has become increasingly scarce as a result of the blockade. Many Rohingyas are on the verge of starvation as the men are being blocked from going to work. As work is only available outside the area, work means migration.
Those going outside have to pay a large amount of money as bribes. According to 42 year Ibrahim from Mamra currently working as a day labourer in Mrauk U, “I had to pay 150,000 kyats to convince the BGP to pass through. How much more shall I earn. You know how much work as a say labourer earns.”
But while many men manage to bribe the authorities, many more are living on the verge of starvation as they are unable to go out for work.
In the immediate aftermath of the floods, unlike many other areas, international donor agencies managed to rush in some aid to Mamra but that has not been a permanent solution. Also the government has restricted much of the aid access for the flood hit Rohingya populace.