Further economic doom for Muslims
Burma Times Desk Report: April 18, 2015
State government is providing government collaborators or tabbes with a monopoly on the trade of valuable goods in Maungdaw, spelling out economic doom for the Muslim community.
On Thursday, government issued their collabortaors the sole trading license in fish, domestic animals and wood. For Rohingya Muslims, this translates into everything.
The vast majority of destitute Rohingya Muslims depend on fishing and collecting wood for survival. Now the market in Maungdaw is solely in the hand of the tabbes and they can charge any price they like.
In recent days, authorities have cracked down on fishermen and wood collectors in a bid to deny the bare minimum to the Rohingyas. The hope is that without access to a minimum income, Muslims will starve and this will be an added incentive for them to escape Arakan.
Sources say that the latest move is a more subtle way to fulfil this strategy.