One Kaman man said that more than 1,000 men holding swords surrounded his village in 2012. But he escaped the mob, hiding in a pigsty owned by Arakanese Buddhist friends.
Kaman Muslims in Arakan State who have lost citizenship rights after being caught up in sectarian violence are hoping the elections will change their fate.
The Emergency Coordination Centre, headed by Deputy Minister of Border Affairs Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn, has paid a visit to a displacement camp in Myebon Township near Sittwe, accompanied by UN and INGO representatives.
Parents condemn what they call institutionalised discrimination in Thandwe Township, Rakhine State, where Muslim students were distinguished from their non-Muslim peers and labelled “Bengali” on a document laying out seating arrangements for upcoming matriculation examinations.
“The fisheries department intends to ensure there is no shortage of fish despite the ongoing violence in Maungdaw.”
Authorities have begun the process of shuttering IDP camps in Arakan State, but rights advocates worry that initial efforts don’t bode well for a larger-scale relocation of the state’s Muslim minority.