Burma Times Correspondent: September 03, 2015
Rohingyas in a remote area allege that the army is trying to convince hill tribes living in isolated areas to join forces against the Muslims.
According to Rohingyas living in the remote village tract of Ali Rowa in Buthidaung, the army has seized all their farming land and building shelters for the hill tribes living on the higher altitudes.
Since the confiscation of their farm lands, Rohingyas in the area are suffering from increased food shortages as these were the only source of food in these hills.
Now the Rohingyas are being used to work without payment for building structures which will allegedly shelter the hill people.
However the hill people who live isolated lives don’t have any enmity with the Rohingyas. According to locals, they prefer to live their own lives without bothering anyone. They are hardly seen by any outsiders. But since there are no Rakhines in the area, the military wants this people to turn against the Muslims and turn them out. That is why they are being bated with promises of housing and free food.
Local sources say the hill tribes have not yet responded favourably to the overtures of the military and are keeping out of conflicts in the ‘outside world’.