Burma Times Correspondent: August 12, 2015
A relief party comprising of pro government Rohingyas from Yangon arrived in Santouli of Akyab on Monday.
They are distributing clothes and relief products to the besieged neighbourhood but only to those Rohingyas who are ready to accept the green card as Bengali citizens.
Those accepting the much needed relief goods have to sign a declaration stating they are Bengalis and ready to accept the green card and become naturalised citizens of Myanmar.
The members of the relief group are handling the situation diplomatically and sweet talking the local Rohingyas rather than bullying them.
The Rohingyas from Yangon are saying that they have tried a long hard struggle to keep the ethnic identity of Rohingya alive but they have to accept the reality. “In the next generation, there will not be any Rohingya,” said Md Rafique, a member of the group. He said the Muslim world could not hear them and there was no use awaiting for their help anymore. Rather a more benevolent government has come to the country and this was their best chance to come to terms and counter the influence of Buddhist nationalist groups that wanted them dead.
The pro government Rohingyas said it was important for Muslims to take the opportunity given by president Thein Sein to counter the influence of Buddhist nationalists.
Although Rohingyas are some of the worst victims of the recent floods, relief to this ethnic community has been deliberately ignored.