Burma Times Correspondent: August 06, 2015
Many Rohingyas from the Akyab ghetto of Aung Mingalar have moved to the Rakhine neighbourhood of Sampa para to escape the flood water.
The movement started on Friday and by Tuesday much of the Aung Mingalar Rohingyas have been forced to migrate to the highlands around Sampa para as the water shows little sign of abating.
In response, Rakhines have raised a war cry threatening a repeat of 2012 and warned all Rohingyas to immediately return to Aung Mingalar or face death.
The Rohingyas remain defiant saying they will not return until the flood water has receded.
Incidentally, Aung Mingalar remains the only Rohingya neighbourhood in Akyab town following the riots of 2012. Akyab was once a mixed city where Rakhines only had a slim majority over the Rohingyas. That changed in 2012 with the massacre of Rohingyas all over the town and the total destruction of all Rohingya neighbourhoods. Only Aung Mingalar was left and all Rohingyas have flocked to the ghetto. The rest of the town does not have any Rohingyas at present.
Aung Mingalar is barricaded and in normal times, security forces patrol around barbed wires making sure Rohingyas don’t come out of the area. However in the floods, such security has collapsed and with the water logging continuing for days, many Rohingyas have moved out and camped in the empty highlands of neighbouring Sampa para.
That is not sitting well with the Rakhine nationalists and they are threatening action against the Rohingyas unless they move back.