Burma Times Correspondent: September 14, 2015
A remote Rohingya settlement in Kyauktaw is suffering from twin terrors of Buddhist nationalism and river erosion.
The area known as Morar Dala Apak Para has been at the forefront of river erosion since the 1940s. In recent decades, the river has become more ferocious and bit by bit the entire village is getting lost in the waters as the river attacks from two directions submerging houses and farmlands.
In the last decades, almost all the arable land has gone underwater and farming, once the main source of livelihood for the villagers is becoming an extinct profession. This in itself brings ruin upon villages in these parts of the world.
But in this village, whereas the river attacks from the east and north, the west and the south is surrounded by Rakhine villages. Rohingyas say they cannot go to work through these areas as Rakhines have mounted a blockade since 2012. The villagers have no access to medical care.
There is little communication with other Rohingya villages and the hardships of the Rohingyas are mostly unknown to the outside world. People from this area say they want to move to another area as Morar Dala Apak Para is no longer uninhabitable but the only escape route is cut off by hostile Rakhine territory. They don’t have freedom to move along the river as it is guarded by security forces.