Report does not take into consideration number of those who fled to BD and those who were kidnapped
Burma Times Desk Report: June 10, 2015
One in ten Rohingyas have fled by boat over the past three years, according to the Arakan Project.
Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project made this claim when talking to Guardian.
The report does not take into account the number of Rohingyas who were kidnapped by traffickers, which is also considerable.
“The figures gives an idea of the situation after three years,” Lewa told the Guardian, adding that her organisation’s numbers are conservative as there are several other smuggler ports in Burma not being monitored. Rohingya using land routes to escape to Bangladesh have also not been counted.
Eight five percent of those who have left are young men, Lewa said. This has meant the cost of a dowry for women in Rakhine has soared. Families are now sending their daughters on boats to Malaysia to get married. On the way many get raped or sold into sex slavery, according to sources.
In 2012, deadly riots killed hundreds of Rohingya Muslims and many were imprisoned and tortured. Many continue to languish in the infamous prisons of Arakan even today.
Restrictions on the movement of Rohingyas were tightened. As a result Rohingyas were not allowed to move outside their zones. As work is very limited inside Rohingya villages, starvation soon gripped many communities. Meanwhile arbutary arrests, rape and other means of persecutions continued.
Altogether this led to an exodus of Rohingya Muslims. Many fled to Bangladesh where livelihood options were also limited and borders more tightened. As a result, many Rohingyas stranded inside Burma and some in Bangladesh chose to make a very dangerous jounrney in primitive boats. Many drowned on the jounrney.
Migrants also faced torture in the hands of traffickers who confined them to jungle camps until ransom is paid. Many died in the torture and many were killed by cold blood.