Burma Times: 03 July 2015
A Norwegian delegation accompanied by presidential advisor Dr.Kyaw Yin Hlaing visited the state capital Akyab on Wednesday and Thursday. The delegation met with both Rohingya and Rakhine community leaders in the city.
The delegation had a dinner meeting with leading local officials that included chief minister of rakhine state U Maung Maung Ohn and the security border affair minister U Htin Lin.
The next morning, the delegation visited Sittwe hospital at around 8.30 am and the Aung Mingalar quarter at around 9 am. This was followed by a visit to the Ohn Daw Gyi camps. Here some of the Rohingya men managed to approach the delegation despite efforts by Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing and the security forces to hamper them. The Rohingyas described the sorry state of their community during this time.
The delegation then went to a construction office at Manzi at around 10:30am where they met other community leaders. One of the Rohingya men U Tin Hlaing explained in details the complete breakdown of the education system. He said that teachers in the schools built by the NGOs were not qualified to take classes and students were not learning anything. Those who somehow managed to pass school were blocked access to colleges by the government.
Another man U Ag Win talked about the citizenship issue saying how the government withdrew the white card and provided them with temporary slips saying they have to appeal for citizenship under the 1982 law. He questioned the logic behind the whole white card (id card for foreign citizens) and the green card (id card for naturalised citizens) as Rohingyas are indigenous to Arakan.
At this point, one of the Norwegians asked whether they will agree to citizenship if they are referred to as Bengalis. The Rohingya man replied that if they agree they are Bengalis, they are accepting that they are foreigners and this was not true as Rohingyas are indigenous to Arakan.
He then talked about how movement restrictions in place have wiped out livelihoods of the Rohingyas and led to a near starvation situation with Rakhines taking over all skilled jobs. He ended his statement on the note that the government was manipulating the Rakhine community to create bad relations with the Rohingyas.