Victims still on the run
Burma Times Desk Report: January 15, 2015
Exactly a year has passed by since a Rakhine mob along with security forces massacred at least 40 Rohingyas (likely much more), mostly women and children in the remote village of Du Char Yar Taan.
Since then the government has only arrested many in connection to the crime. But not the criminals. All of the arrested, many later killed in custody are friends and relatives of those who died in the massacre.
To this day, a guilty government refuses to acknowledge that the villagers of Du Char Yar Taan has been massacred. In the aftermath of this killing, the government sealed off the area, rounded up all men and boys they could find in the vicinity and took them to unspecified locations. Nobody has seen them ever since.
Even after a year, any survivor of the Du Char Yar Taan massacre must hide their identity to escape security forces. So people from the village try their best to take the boat or escape to Bangladesh. It is a classic case of ethnic cleansing that the victim, not the perpetuator is on the run from the regime.
Security forces allege that residents of Du Char Yar Taan killed a policeman. Even today any male over ten years from that village is arrested by security forces and shipped off to unspecified locations. Women did not fare too well during the massacre either, indeed most victims were women and children who could not get away.
The government sealed off the area to the media and humanitarian workers, while maintaining nothing had happened here.
A year has passed by and the massacre of Du Char Yar Taan has been forgotten by everybody. But for the people of Du Char Yar Taan, who’s loved ones were hacked piece by piece, these dark memories will last a lifetime.