Burma Times Desk Report: July 01, 2015
There are no traces of hundreds of young men arrested from Akyab neighbourhoods in the aftermath of the 2012 riots. Due to the security crackdown following the riots, all other young men not arrested have fled into Bangladesh or taken the desperate boat journey. As a result, there are no young Rohingya men left in Akyab.
During the riots of 2012, many Rohingya men and some women put up a desperate defence in face of Rakhine and Natala miscreants who tried to storm into Rohingya neighbourhoods. Despite overwhelming odds, they fought off the attackers for days, often launching counter attacks that drove away the rioters.
The government however considered these as acts of riots and sent in the security forces to mow down the defenders with machine guns.
After the security forces, mobs of Buddhists came to the neighbourhoods participating in rape, murder and plunder.
Even after the riots had ended, the security forces did not forget the role of the Rohingya Muslims in Akyab who ferociously defended their neighbourhoods. They targeted the young men especially as they were the vanguard of the fighters. Consequently, there were daily operations in all Akyab neighbourhoods and the IDP camps. Each day, one young man from every area was led away by security forces and never seen again.
Under the circumstances, every young men in the area fled Arakan state.
Nowadays women in the area needing to get married must get on a boat or migrate to Bangladesh to find suitors.
Buddhist attackers were not prosecuted by the government.