Burma Times Correspondent: September 9, 2015
Authorities have shut down the river way from Nolboinna to Maugni para in Maungdaw South in an attempt to force the Rohingyas in the area to accept the green card.
As most of the Rohingyas in the area are fishermen, the shutdown of the waterways is affecting the livelihoods of the impoverished populace in the area. Many families that depend on a daily income for survival are suffering from food shortages due to the blockade.
In a related development, police and immigration officials have erected a checkpoint at the Nayapara area of Maungdaw. Many Rohingyas going to the markets from villages in the southern zone have to pass through these checkpoints. Very few are able to show they have registered for the green card and thus face harassment from the authorities.
Some Rohingyas have even failed to show the receipt given when withdrawing the white card and have been fined 6,000 kyats. The failure to show this paper serves as a disturbing reminder that many Rohingyas especially in the border areas have not been issued with receipts when they handed over the white cards. As a result they have no official document proving they are residents of the country.
This will allow the government to claim they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and provide an excuse to push them over the nearby Bangladesh border at an opportune moment.