Arakanese villagers, some armed with swords and sticks, reportedly set up makeshift checkpoints at six points around the Rohingya quarter.
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The Rakhine National Network alleges that Burmese army soldiers have set fire to villages in Kyauktaw, forcing locals to flee.
Temporary houses are being built in Kinchaung village in the restive northern Arakanese town of Maungdaw; but they are not for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence – this time the emergency shelters are for Arakanese Buddhist refugees who have escaped persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Life in Arakan state’s Maungdaw is hard on ethnic Arakanese refugees coming from Bangladesh. The people living here, resettled under a programme by the ministry of border affairs, have to face lack of both water and ways to make a living.
A petition campaign led by the RNDP has been launched in Arakan state calling for an equitable distribution of benefits from the region’s natural resources.