Maunbgdaw, 9 September 2017:
Over 300 Arakanese (Rakhine) villagers including children, women and elders, were evacuated from their stranded villages to Maungdaw recently.
The villagers of northern Maungdaw locality were shifted to down town areas on 7 September with motor boats through Naff river that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh, informed social activist Nyi Nyi Zaw.
“We went to few Rakhine villages for distributing relief materials including rice. When we arrived there, many villagers requested us to bring them to safer places. So we shifted them to Maungdaw by motor boats,” he added.
The residents of Nga Khura, Wrat Nyo Daung, Thetyet Ohk, Katpa Gaung, San Pepin Yein etc Rakhine villages were stranded since the violence broke out after the Muslim terrorists attacked on 30 border police outposts.
“As far my information goes, many Arakanese villagers are still in their native villages. We are yet to evacuate them. So we requested the local authority to take necessary actions as soon as possible,” stated Nyi Nyi Zaw.
According to the government sources, nearly 2000 Arakanese including 500 students from Nantha Daung orphanage were stranded at Taungbro Left way, a sub-town of Maungdaw township. Moreover, around 1000 Arakanese have still been stranded at Aung Tha Bray village in northern Maungdaw locality.