Govt as­sures aid to dis­placed Mus­lims

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News -

The Gov­ern­ment’s In­for­ma­tion Com­mit­tee, in a state­ment, said of­fi­cials from Maung­daw district ad­min­is­tra­tive depart­ment vis­ited the Mus­lims dis­placed at Layy­ing­win vil­lage un­der Alethankyaw vil­lage who were ready to flee to Bangladesh.

Alethankyaw is of­ten used as an exit point by Mus­lims to en­ter Bangladesh from Rakhine State.

Ac­cord­ing to those met by the author­ity, they were about to go to Bangladesh due to se­cu­rity and food short­age.

The state­ment said some lo­cal eth­nic peo­ple threat­ened them via tele­phone to leave the place, while they were also en­cour­aged by some who al­ready ar­rived in Bangladesh, cit­ing some Mus­lims at the vil­lage.

The au­thor­i­ties also en­sured them se­cu­rity and food, promis­ing to pro­vide rice, oil, salt and beans. The of­fi­cials also told the Mus­lims, if they are will­ing to re­turn, their se­cu­rity would be guar­an­teed un­til they reach their orig­i­nal des­ti­na­tions. They also en­sured the ready-to-flee peo­ple that the gov­ern­ment would take ac­tion against those who threat­ened by phone.

How­ever, the state­ment did not say if the Mus­lims agreed or not.

A planned diplo­matic visit to Maung­daw on Wed­nes­day was can­celled due to bad weather. The trip was post­poned to next Mon­day.

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