Govt assures aid to displaced Muslims
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.