Arakan State chief minister U Mra Aung declared that the Arakanese nationals, who were displaced because of gun-battles between the government armed forces and Arakan Army, would not be shifted without their consent.
“We will not shift them forcefully,” said the Arakan CM.
Presently the villagers are staying at Buddhist monasteries of Kyiyar Byin, Wrama Byint and Zaydi Daung villages.
The monks of those monasteries have supported the stay for over 200 displaced people.
“When I visited those places, the monks however argued that the villagers should not stay there for a longer period. But the displaced families did not prefer to go back home immediately. The district administration earlier permitted the families to live with their relatives for some time,” added the chief minister.
The Arakan CM on 18 January visited Kyiyar Byin and Zaydi Daung villages, where the displaced families are presently taking shelter.
Answering the queries of Narinjara News, the chief mister informed that the government was looking for an alternate arrangement for the internally displaced refugees.
Earlier a lady social worker from Kyiyar Byin alleged that the district officials were asking the refugees to go to their respective relative’s homes from some villages. So the refugees were worried about their future, she added.