Burma Times Correspondent: September 05, 2015
More than a dozen flood affected households at Rabailla, Maungdaw North had to pay money to the village and local government administration.
On Monday, a group of officials and village administrators went to the flood affected village and started taking photographs of houses destroyed in the floods. They told the locals that they had come to arrange aid for the Muslims.
After they had finished, the officials told the Rohingyas they have to pay 20,000 kyats per household. When asked for the reason, the officials said they were putting in a lot of effort to convince foreign donor organisations to help the Rohingyas. So they needed to be paid for these hardships.
When the Rohingyas said they had not received any aid, nor are they asking for any, the officials started cursing at them in abusive language and threatened them with arrest.
Not finding any way out, more than a dozen households paid almost 300,000 kyats altogether to the administrators.
Aid to Rohingyas have been scant in the latest crisis with much of the government directed relief efforts only aiding the Rakhines. In some cases when foreign aid agencies paid Rohingyas, the security forces or Rakhine miscreants seized it once the donors had left. In other places, village administrators embezzled the aid materials.
Now officials are asking money from the flood affected people for taking photographs of their damaged houses.
Incidentally Rohingyas in this area were forbidden to repair their homes destroyed by the floods.