San Maung Than
Sittwe, January 21: At least 65 Arakanese tribal people, who escaped from south Bangladesh, have arrived in Kyouk Taw of Arakan. They fled from Kyouk Phyar village under Tannseik township of Bendraban district in Chittagong hill-track of Bangladesh.
“They are now taking shelter in Kyouk Taw as two groups”, informed U Aye Saw, a CEC member of Arakan National Party, while talking to Narinjara News. He also added that three families belonging 14 people arrived on January 16 and ten families belonging 51 people arrived on January 17 last. Among the inmates, the youngest is recorded as one year and the oldest one 56 years old.
An inmate informed that Arakanese tribal people, who are living in Chittagong areas, often face attacks from the Bengali Muslim habitants. The Arakanese people survive as agriculture labourers in the hill side cultivation fields and the locals always try to get their crops with lower prices. They also force the Arakanese women to wear traditional Bangladeshi Shari. Finally they decided to flee from Bangladesh.
Presently the migrating Arakanese families are living at Kyouk Taw Dhama hall, some of whom are falling ill. The physicians from Kyouk Taw hospital under the leadership of Dr Tun Aye are treating the inmates.
Dr Tun Aye admitted that for a short term measure, the arrangement was fine, but they would need more doctors and other accessories in the days to come. He has already informed the local authority about the problem. He also appealed to the volunteers to support the cause and urged anyone interested in the mission to contact him at 09 254 690 859.