Livelihood fears grip Rohingyas
Burma Times Correspondent: January 09, 2015
Police have assaulted and extorted a Rohingya fishing expedition at the Zadi farang river, Rathidaung
A group of five fishermen led by Boshir Ahmed and Md Shukkur were intercepted by police as they were returning home at around 8.30 pm.
The policemen on stopping them told them they should not be fishing at such a late hour. They then alleged that the Muslims had stolen the fish from Rakhine Buddhists.
The policemen then went on to heavily assault the fishermen.
The Rohingyas had to pay 80,000 kyats for their release. All the fish were seized.
Last week Rohingya fishermen were assaulted and robbed of their fishing boat in Kyauktaw.
Altogether Rohingyas fear that there is an organised attempts to stop them fishing in the rivers, restricting another livelihood option. The state has also cracked down on Rohingya wood collectors.
The humanitarian situation is already desperate as work is scarce. Rohingyas are forbidden from leaving their designated zones in search of a livelihood.