George Soros qui­etly vis­its refugee camps in Sit­twe

Mizzima Business Weekly - - DEVELOPMEN­T // NEWS -

While the me­dia fo­cused on the ar­rival of the UN en­voy to Myan­mar last week, Amer­i­can mil­lion­aire phi­lan­thropist Mr George Soros ar­rived on a low-key fly­ing visit to check out refugee camps in Rakhine State with the aim of pro­vid­ing aid and boost­ing de­vel­op­ment.

After meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ro­hingya com­mu­nity at the Cha­trium Ho­tel in Yan­gon on Jan­uary 6, the chair­man of Open So­ci­ety flew to Sit­twe on Jan­uary 8 where he met with Rakhine State Chief Min­is­ter U Maung Maung Ohn on his pri­vate jet be­fore vis­it­ing refugee camps in Sit­twe Town­ship.

In their meet­ing at the Cha­trium Ho­tel, Mr Soros and Mr. Christo­pher Stone, the founder and pres­i­dent of Open So­ci­ety re­spec­tively, met with Ro­hingya rep­re­sen­ta­tives U Shwe Maung, MP for Buthi­daung, for­mer MP for Buthi­daung U Kyaw Min, U Kyaw Hla Aung, a for­mer at­tor­ney and Ro­hingya ac­tivist, and Daw Wai Wai Nu, the di­rec­tor of the Women Peace Net­work Arakan.

U Shwe Maung said they dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence be­tween the Rakhine and Ro­hingya com­mu­ni­ties, the ex­pe­ri­ence of vi­o­lence, the 1982 Cit­i­zen­ship Law, the chal­lenge of cit­i­zen­ship for Ro­hingya, and the sit­u­a­tion in the refugee camps, ac­cord­ing to a post on U Shwe Maung’s Face­book page.

U Shwe Maung claimed there was proof that the Ro­hingya had lived for gen­er­a­tions in the ter­ri­tory that is now Rakhine State. He re­ferred to “the Re­port of Sub Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice of Bri­tish gov­ern­ment, Akhyab 26th April 1826, to high­light the pop­u­la­tion ra­tio of 60,000 Arakanese Mughs [Rakhines] and 30,000 Mus­salman [Ro­hingyas].” The MP said that ra­tio re­mains to­day and claimed the Ro­hingya pop­u­la­tion in Rakhine State should now be 2.5 mil­lion, not the cur­rent 1 mil­lion.

The Open So­ci­ety is a net­work of foun­da­tions and part­ners work­ing in the field of me­dia, so­cial support and ed­u­ca­tion in more than 100 coun­tries.

[Phyu Phyu Zin]

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.