Narinjara news

More Burmese Families arrive at
western Burma for rehabilitation

Buthidaung, 17th January 03: A number of Burmese families have arrived at Buthidaung, a township close to the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, on the 11th January, according to our correspondent.


The thirty-seven families have been brought from Rangoon to be rehabilitated in the western Burmese state under the arrangements made by the ruling Burmese junta, SPDC (State Peace and Development Council).  According to sources in the Nasaka security forces these families are part of the ninth batch of Burman nationals ‘rehabilitated’ in Rakhine State. 


The local Burmese junta officials have arranged for the distribution of twenty acres of paddy land (at Border Development and Security or Natala Village at Aungthabray under Maungdaw Township) left by the Muslims who fled to ‘the neighbouring country.’  Here obviously the neighbouring country is Bangladesh. 


Among them, twenty-seven families have been rehabilitated in Thazin-myaing and Padauk-myaing ‘model’ villages under Rathedaung Township.  At present rice and food forcefully collected from the nearby villages have been distributed among the new arrivals by local Nasaka security forces and junta officials.  Besides that the junta officials have confiscated a large number of cattle from the local farmers to be distributed among the newcomers.


A total of thirty-seven people of the remaining ten families have been rehabilitated at Aung-thabray village under Maungdaw Township. 


In the batch a total of one hundred and nine people have been brought from Rangoon, it was learnt.   #