Burma Times Correspondent: June 16, 2015
A Rohingya man released from a Malaysia hospital says he was kidnapped by traffickers in March.
Syed Kashim was fishing in the sea near Sómmoinna in Maungdaw South when a group of armed men forced him to board a small boat.
When Kashim asked where they were taking him, he was beaten and threatened to be shot.
Later Kashim was taken to another ship where there were around thirty others. All the men were bound from head to toe and seemed to have been kidnapped from different coastl villages.
Two of the prisoners managed to escape one night. The rest were taken to a huge ship holding hundreds of migrants.
Kashim says their group reached the coast of Thailand some time in mid April. They were then taken to a jungle camp.
In the jungle camp, Kashim and the kidnapped victims were separated from the voluntary migrants and inhumanely tortured. They were made to call their families and their tortured cries were relayed over the phone.
In spite of the brutality, few of the kidnapped men managed to pay the ransom money demanded by the traffickers which was around 200,000 Bangladesh Taka.
Kashim’s health deteriorated so much they at point he was unable to stand.
In early May, the victims were moved to the border. Then the traffickers ran away leaving Kashim behind as he was too weak to travel. Without food and water, Kashim became desperate and managed to walk a few miles in the wilderness before some Malay men found him and left him in a hospital.
Kashim has requested he be returned to Arakan so that he can join his wife and children who have no male member to look after them.