Experiencing suffocated to death in Maungdaw, Rakhine(1)

“We are native Rakhine” Shall we talk proudly about Sayadaw U Oattama who was a famous Asian star in trying to get independence for our country? Shall we talk about ancient Rakhine king dynasty of Myout Oo era within a period for 350 years in Rakhine.? We can not finish to talk about many historical epic stories for our Rakhine lands.

We can see the traces of historical king Myout Oo dynasty in Myout Oo region, Rakhine, or see the Shitthaung pagoda and Koethaung pagoda. The Rakhine Muni pagoda situated in Kyauktaw town, Rakhine, is the adorable values and historical heritage for the Buddhist culture. We can feel breathe-taking view in Sittwe, Rakhine region in the evening and well known Ngapali is also a picturesque recreation zone situated in Thandwe, Rakhine region. Although we have many proud stories to talk about beautiful Rakhine and historical Buddhist heritage offering as maxim “Welcome to pleasant Rakhine”, native Rakhines are now concerned and anxious due to crises of Buthitaung and Maungdaw in Rakhine.
Cruel attacks by Bengali terrorists started one round again in August 2017 after happening October 9, 2016, frequently beginning in 2012 communal violence in Rakhine leading to fleeing from homes by native Rakhine. Even though native Rakhine can come back and live in their region, their minds can not be peaceful passing day by day in their daily lives because of anxieties such a sort of violence may happen again.

In these cases, who will sympathize to those native Rakhine suffering fright and threat daily by terrorists attacks at Buthitaung and Maungdaw region? Can the world powerful countries and international communities which interfere and oppress deeply into Myanmar internal Rakhine affairs, cure the malady with the correct medicine? Can the democracy government and state counselor who are figuring out the cases of international pressure, cure the malady with the correct medicine? Actually the cases of Rakhine affairs are leading to more complex whenever asking such a sort of questionnaire.

I had ever visited one week trip for assistant social welfare to Rakhine State in August 2015. I was also permitted to visit Sittwe, Buthitaung and Maungdaw town practically in supporting one thousand rice bags to native Rakhine who had displaced to towns in order to escape the peril of threats by Bengali terrorists on October 23 to 25, after being attacked Maungdaw border outposts by terrorists on October 9, 2016.

I visited Rakhine-Maungdaw supporting trip again from September 27 to October 2, as a reporter in offering charity for native Rakhine after being assaulted over 30 numbers of outposts by terrorists in northern Rakhine State on August 25, 2017.

I have a lot of imagination concerning about Rakhine affair as a member to study the situation practically in the area of so-called Ann, Minpyar, Myout Oo, Kyauktaw, Ponnar Kyun, Sittwe, Rathay Taung, Buthitaung and Maungdaw. I had encountered one highway express bus fallen in roadside-rift between the way from Padan to Ann town while I visited to assist the trip for flood-stricken area in 2015.
In the same year, the way between Ann to Minpyar, we arranged fastly a landing craft to pass the Kazu Kine creek due to overpass bridge broken at Kazu Kine village . Some trucks had been awaiting at least 3 or 4 days owing to this bridge broken, we heard it on the way.

This year in September, 2017, my journey was started from Yeachan Pyin quay in Sittwe, to Angu Maw quay by landing craft, to Rathay Taung by car and up to Maungdaw passing coarse and curving roads with so dusty under the sun on the way. Throughout the way from Rathay Taung to Maungdaw, roads were narrow and dented somewhere, the normal side saloon and van cars can not pass clearly over rough roads.
I mean that the roads to northern Rakhine is still arduous condition. If the transportation and security on the way are getting better, the lives of native Rakhines will develop more improving. People living in the region and main land will also be more active and lively.

What I specify the words between region and main land (Rakhine and Bama) does not mean to those. I’d heard such a sort of voice from some native Rakhines but not from all, within my trips in 3 years that “It happened because of Bama racist”. I felt sad so far as a Myanmar that there is still Bama hate-speech in the region.

While It is still far away when passing through the arduous long journey to reach Maungdaw, Rakhine, before illegal immigrant Bengalis and extremist terrorists’ threats can not be uprooted, it is sentimental like a view in painting as Mayyu mountains with the curving roads and abundant fertile region along the Rakhine coast.

It is not very hard to earn for someone by cultivating on the mountain or fish for food in the region still remaining abundant natural resources and richness of soil in Rakhine. It is pleasant to earn for food for the native Rakhine in the region if there is no reflective terrorists attack due to growing illegal immigrant Bengalis. But there is real threats in the areas that the native Rakhines are being cut down with knife, are being sunken their boats in finding foods owing to instability of law and order nowadays.
It is so painful in our hearts that native Rakhines don’t dare earn to find foods neither on the mountains nor in the waters for their family in their own region.

Bengali terrorists killed Myo tribe inhumanely, assaulted the outposts, set fire the houses, planted mines to destroy bridges, planted IEDs on the roads and demolished Buddhist statues and buildings in order to impress fright and anxiety in the soul of native Rakhine.

I wanted to tell stories about anxieties and worries of real minority Hindus and Myo tribes including native Rakhines while I had been Rakhine for assistant social welfare trip at this time. That was at night on September 29.

Our food carrying truck had been near Doungpipe village, Rathay Taung township, as a vanguard of our assistant social welfare team. The car driver and our fraternal mates for carrying bags were hungry and 2 or 3 persons alighted and asked for the natives the way where the canteen situated to buy food. At that moment, 2 or 3 of natives those who were asked, ran away because one man with black skin in our group looked like Bengali once they found him.

We explained them in detail after they came back altogether with their villagers later on. In this case, this incidents showed that how much native Rakhines from Rathay Taung and Maungdaw region were afraid of strangers Bengali terrorists. Had Bengali terrorists attacked native Rakhine villages forcefully to become frightened on August 25?
Some villagers were still hearing the voices of Bengali mobs assaulted the area in their ears. They outcried that was their land, they owned their land, killed those who occupied their land, don’t be afraid, they would never been hell even they would be dead, they would see Allah at once. One man recited and the followers outcried by repeating the slogans. “it is very terrified” villagers said.
I here wanted to advise those who accused and remarked me that my words was the hate-speech, you yourself went to the northern Rakhine for a longer period and to study in practicable for the anxieties of natives.

Written by Moe Aung Linn Naing
Translated by Yea Natthar