Thousands flee homes after fresh violence in Mrauk U

Tens of thousands of villagers have fled their homes because of the fresh violence that started on Monday in Mrauk-U and Minbya Townships in Arakan State.

The villagers who have fled to urban Mrauk-U for safe-shelter are said to be from the villages of Rwahaungtaw, Kyauktwinkone, Maungtarkone, Pipinkone, Nankya, Laungkrattaungmaw and Rhaukponkyaun.

“Arakanese villagers who are living near the Muslim villages have fled here, starting from 23 October. Now hundreds of them have already arrived here”, said U Kyaw Tun Aung, a retired archaeologist from downtown Mrauk-U.

He said Muslim villagers also fled to Prein Village in Mrauk-U Township.

“Muslim villagers from the villages of Paungtoke, Lakma, Tharakoak and Nagarar have also fled to Prein Village where the army is controlling the situation since the violence started in the area on 22 October”, he said.

A new wave of sectarian violence in Arakan state has killed 64 people and wounded 92 people, Arakan state spokesman U Win Myint siad yesterday, forcing thousands to flee their homes.