Burma Times Correspondent
A Rohingya man was injured in an attack by a Rakhine man and later beaten by police when he went to file a complaint.
21 year Md Hakim was working in the fields in Siddukul para of Pungná cwéng when a Rakhine hooligan named U Ba Thein attacked him without any apparent reason. Hakim did not retaliate as Rohingyas in the area are under a constant siege and any retaliation would have provoked a large scale communal attack. He was left in the field with multiple bruises.
Later community leaders urged Hakim to file a complaint with the local police. However instead of acting on his complaints the local police beat him up. The police said the Muslims were in a foreign country and did not have the rights to launch complains against the local people i.e. the Rakhine Buddhists.
The Rohingya neighbourhood in the area lies amidst hostile Rakhine territory. There is a constant blockade imposed by Rakhine villagers and security forces making it difficult for the Rohingyas to earn a livelihood. As a result of the constant blockade, there are chronic food shortages in the area, with many households struggling for a single daily meal.
There are also constant fears of attack on the lonely neighbourhood.