Burma Times Desk Report: January 24,2015
Rohingyas living near Du Char Yar Taan (Kiladong) pass their days in fear as security forces have renewed vigilance in the area. Four people were arrested and tortured from Du Char Yar Taan since January 18, 2015. They are Abdu Monaf, MD Taher and Md Ayou. The identity of the fourth man cannot be confirmed.
One year ago, on the night of January 15, 2014, a Rakhine mob backed by the police and BGP killed scores of men, women and children in the remote village.
Immediately after the massacre, the authorities shut down the area by preventing access to journalists and aid workers.
Security forces also clamped down on the survivors in the aftermath of the massacre. As a result surviviors of the massacare moved away from Du Char Yar Taan for a long time. Some have returned but they fear renewed attacks now.
The government refuses to acknowledge to this day that there has been a massacre of Muslim villagers at Du Char Yar Taan. The UN however says that there is credible evidence to conclude that a massacre including murder, rape and looting had taken place in the area.
Survivors who escaped from Burma have told Burma Times that police and BGP regularly went to surrounding villages and checked the identity of locals to verify if they were former residents of Du Char Yar Taan. Anyone belonging to the village were picked up by security forces and tortured. Many were killed and others disappeared.
Now in the aftermath of the visit by UN and US envoys, the authorities are once again apprehensive about them meeting eyewitnesses of the Du Char Yar Taan massacre leading to new vigilance in the Maungdaw area.