Prisoners forced to work on road construction in Arakan
About 300 prisoners have been forced to work by Burmese authorities on the construction of the Rangoon-Kyauk Pru road. They have been working on the road since the beginning of this summer, said a monk living in the area.
The work site is located near
Paday Kyung village in
The prisoners typically work at the road construction site at least 12 hours a day, in two shifts. The first work shift is from to , the second shift is from to , the monk said.
As the Burmese government is
intending to complete the motor-way between
For this reason, the prisoners were brought out to work as day laborers. The majority of the prisoners are reportedly from Akyab and Kyauk Pru jails.
According to local sources, 4 prisoners died at Kyauk Pru hospital recently, after falling sick due to fatigue. There is reportedly an insufficient supply of food and drinking water being provided for the prisoners.
Currently, the Burmese authorities forcibly use prisoners for labor in many sectors, including as military porters at the front lines, day laborers on shrimp farms and as road construction workers, said one prisoner who was recently released from jail. #
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