Continuous security crackdown and severe restrictions on livelihood is crippling Rohingyas in Anak Parang and other surrounding villages of Rathedaung and leading to extreme food shortages.
The village tract which lies in a Rakhine and Buddhist settler (Natala) dominated area has always been more vulnerable to attacks. In 2012, Rohingya villagers in Anak Parang and surrounding areas held off violent nationalist mobs for days before they were overwhelmed which led to an orgy of rape and plunder.
Since then, the villages in the area has been blockaded by security forces and Buddhist nationalists (both Rakhine and Natala). Rohingyas in the area cannot go out of their areas for day jobs. All agricultural fields have been taken over and it is not possible to work in the fields of the Buddhists. That leaves only cutting wood and fishing.
Many Rohingyas in the area have been killed while collecting wood and fishing by the settlers and the Rakhines. So going out of the areas for earning even a meagre living carries the risk of death. Many more have been wounded seriously when going out for work.
If Rohingyas try to open a business, security forces raid the village tract and arrest them. If they escape, security forces arrest their wives or children. Altogether, Rohingyas say they have little choice but to leave Arakan state.