Burma Times Correspondent: August 04, 2015
Rohingyas in the townships of Akyab and Kyauktaw continue to face hardships after moving to the hills to escape floodwater.
In both these townships, the Rakhines have a majority especially since the 2012 riots and the movement of the Rohingyas have been severely restricted. But in face of the floods, the Rohingyas had no option but to leave their neighbourhoods and cross into the ‘forbidden territory’. As a result they are fearful about an attack by the Rakhines and the security forces.
As women and children are in these groups, the fears have increased as in the last few years, many of them have been killed in mob attacks.
In Kyauktaw, Rohingyas were turned out of schools and community centres as they sought refuge from the cyclone.
Meanwhile in Akyab, there are reports that many of the IDP residents have been threatened by Rakhine nationalists to go back to their camps or face dire consequences.
The IDP residents say it is impossible to go back at this moment as their formers residences are under water.
In the last few years, many international humanitarian organisations had petitioned the government to move the IDPs to a safer location as the camps are often situated in low lying marshlands unfit for human habitation even in normal times. During floods, they get totally submerged. But in response, Buddhist nationalists launched a counter campaign pressurising the government not to relocate these camps.