March 12, 2018
Buthidaung, Arakan state — The Myanmar government is planning to build new Buddhist settlements on the emptied Rohingya homelands in Buthidaung Township, reliable sources say.
On March 10, U Hla Shwe, the deputy township administrator of Buthidaung, and officials from other departments visited ‘Thin Gana’ and ‘Meechaung Zay’ villages in northern Buthidaung. The officials conducted map surveys of the places where the Buddhist settlements will be built, it has been learnt.
100 Buddhist Settlements will be built nearby the mountain of ‘Kudufaar’ at ‘Bogyi Chaung’ hamlet of ‘Meechaung Zay’ village, and other 100 settlements nearby ‘Old Cemetry’ and ‘Gufi Road’ at ‘Thin Gana’ village in northern Buthidaung.
“The government is saying that they will bring back all the Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh and resettle them in their original places. But these are blatant lies.
“In fact, they are confiscating all the Rohingya homelands remaining abandoned as their owners had to flee to Bangladesh. The planned two Buddhist settlements are also on the Rohingya lands,” said a local Rohingya to RB News in Buthidaung.
Meanwhile, there is another settlement being planned out for the Rakhine Buddhists on the Rohingya homelands at ‘Maung Nama’ hamlet of ‘Nan Ya Gone’ village in Buthidaung, where the Rohingya houses were destroyed by the Rakhine Buddhists last year.
About 0.7 Million Rohingya people from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 as the Myammar military along with the active participations of some Rakhine extremists began to carry out Genocide against them (Rohingya).
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]