Burma Times Correspondent: August 09, 2015
People in Kullung, Maungdaw South are living in a virtual siege as authorities deny them permission to leave the village tract for work.
Those who get the permission have to pay the Aishwaramu Syed Hossain 5000 to 7000 kyats. Sources say the local commander of the Hlun Htein gets much of the share from this bribe.
Work is scarce in this impoverished village and the only means of survival is to leave the village tract and go work as a day labour in another area. But because of the corruption of local authorities, that is difficult. As a result food shortages are at alarming levels.
Under the draconian laws of the state, Rohingya Muslims are forbidden from moving from one place to another without permission of the authorities.
Meanwhile the Hlun Htein is also conducting night raids on a regular basis in the area.