Two die at Buthidaung prison
Burma Times Correspondent: January 15, 2015
Day after day, evening after evening and night after night, the torture goes on. It is difficult to get an accurate description of the notorious prisons of Arakan built especially for the country’s Muslim population because most of them who entered have not left. Yet some of the survivors who managed to get out give an account eerily similar to that of Pol Pot’s survivors of the Cambodia genocide.
When the torture stops, they say, there is a momentary relief, even a feeling of gratitude towards the torturer. But the nasty feeling that the torture is about to start place takes hold soon. Those who stay in the jails of Arakan lose all feelings of a human being and become like an animal, or even worse. Because few animals have to endure the brutal treatment reserved for Muslim prisoners at the Arakan prisons.
Human beings often find a way to survive. Other human beings however find a way to devise a slow process of death.
Nazir Ahmed and Zainal Uddin, the latest casualties of the Arakan prisons were probably relieved when the torture stopped forever. On January 2 and January 5 respectively, their bodies were beaten for one last time and then there was no use hitting it anymore. Life had been unable to last in these pieces of flesh, or what was left of it after being beaten everyday for the last two and a half years.
Like thousands of others, they were picked up by security forces and sent to the brutal prison on charges of rioting against the Rakhine Buddhists. Of course it was the Rakhines who attacked in the first place, but killing Muslims and raping their women is considered fair game in the country. What is not considered fair game is defending your family and home from the Rakhine murderers and rapists. That will get you a one way ticket to the prison where you are tortured everyday, hour after hour by the jail authorities.
Even those tortured hold on to the hope that one day, when all this is over, they will be able to see the face of a dear daughter, a long lost brother or a father and their loved ones, provided they survive the ethnic cleansing. Nazir, Zainal and countless others who died will not hold to such dreams such anymore. They sleep eternally, though not with their loved ones. In Burma even the dead do not find a resting place alongside their nearest and dearest. Not if you are a Muslim. The corpses were buried in prison grounds so that there are no witnesses to their bruised bodies.
Maybe their will to live had left them a long ago. That frequently happens to the Muslim prisoners of Arakan state.