Over the weekend, updates and reports have been slow to come in as telephone contact has been almost impossible. It seems perhaps the authorities exorcised some sort of temporary network block. On Saturday, in Kyauk Pyu town, where all Muslim houses were burned, the last of the Rohingya Muslims left for other safer areas. It is confirmed that about 60 children...
Overnight and through Friday, the situation in Arakan State has shown little sign of improvement. On the contrary, it seems that the violence has now spread to other communities as well. A number of our sources have also commented that the recent escalation is due to the President’s office directly instructing army personnel to shoot at sight on those causing disturbances. This decision, alongside the reports that army personnel have shot, maimed and killed some Rakhine has led to huge upsurge of violence against the Rohingya by the Rakhine.
As many as 5,000 Rohingya are thought to be floating in the off-shore of Arakan state namely near the port of Sittwe and through the mouth of the Kaladan River. Since Friday morning, authorities including NaSaKa, border forces and Myanmar Navy forces have not allowed any bouts to mount at Sittwe and have instead diverted the boats to go Rathedaung further northwards. Those diverted were Kyak Pru township refugees. It has been reported through various sources and eye-witnesses that till the time of publishing, circa 46 boat loads of Rohingya have reached the south coast of Maungdaw. These had attempted to anchor at Shita Furukia beach (50 miles south of Maungdaw) but were denied access to do so. They have been ushered further north towards the Naf River and Bangladesh.
The last few days in Arakan have seen some of the most violent and bloody attacks on the Rohingya by the Rakhine whilst quite often, Government forces not only stand by and allow these attacks to take place, but actually facilitate them. These are some of the pictures that we have been gathering from our sources around Arakan. Many of the villages being attacked are already impoverished areas where locals do not have the ability to capture images on their phones and devices. Further to that, Arakan right now is under an internet siege, meaning the transfer of data such as pictures/video is near impossible. Many of these pictures have been obtained with contacts sending their SD cards by land to towns such as Yangon and Mandalay to be transferred via the net or by contacts trying to get a weak signal on mobile networks from neighbouring Bangladesh. We hope to bring you more images and videos as we get them.
Thursday 25th October
Overnight we have been inundated with text messages, emails and phone calls reporting many many incidents where the Rohingya have come under an increased intensity of attack by the Rakhine. Whilst Restless Beings has perhaps the widest range of sources from across Arakan and Burma, we undergo a strict policy before publishing these reports. Until and...
Evening brings with it the shade of darkness for would-be criminals and organised gangs intent on causing maximum disruption and damage to Rohingya communities in remote Arakan state, Burma. Over the past 72 hours or so, there has been a definite shift and increase in intesity on the onslaught against the stateless Rohingya.
Accused of being illegal migrants from Bangladesh, it seems the latest shift of violence is state backed with many many sources now reporting that security forces, Hlun Tain, and Burmese Navy are attacking the Rohingya community at will and without charge.
Violence and Rohingya persecution has continued onto a fourth consecutive day with yet more deaths, casualties and asron attacks being reported.
The latest attacks come on a village within Kyauk Pyu township which we reported yesterday on Twitter. At around 7pm local time, this small fishing village came under a barrage of arson attacks by more than 700 Rakhine Buddhists. Although the...
The situation in Arakan state this morning is dire. Renewed arson attacks took place on the villages of Minbya and Mro Haung at around 4.30pm local time. More than 100 are feared dead. Furthermore reports have come through of the rape of at least 26 young girls by security forces in the Rathadaung township.
This follows Rakhine newspapers this morning inciting further hatred towards the Rohingya with false claims and allegations that foreign militant organisations are suppliying the Rohingya with arms.
Restless Beings have been working with the stateless Rohingya community of Burma, since May 2010 to voice their struggles and work together towards a future free from oppression and marginalisation.
Through unfortunate circumstances, it was through the eruption of violence in Arakan in May 2012 that instigated a spotlight to be shone on the Rohingya struggles. Restless Beings, after receiving disturbing and unimaginable on the ground reports, believed atrocities akin to genocide, ethnic cleansing and xenophobia were occurring, yet we were criticised for using such terms. However, as more reports of international organisations are published, their results show exactly this kind of violence and now; more people worldwide are beginning to see the true ugliness revealed.
Reports emerged overnight over a new wave of attacks on Aung Mingla village of Sittwe in Burma. The Rohingya majority village was first surveilled by army and then later surrounded by a large gathering of Rakhine community leaders and monks at around 2pm on Friday 28th Septmeber.
Our sources first reported of minor scuffles and arguments at around 4pm (GMT) on Friday and these...
Since the outbreak of violence in Arakan in June erlier this year, Restless Beings has been working tirelessly with media agencies across the world to try and get the accounts of brutal human rights violations and gross violence used against the Rohingya in Burma.
Having managed to facilitate exclusive reports for Channel 4 and for Al Jazeera and having worked alongside the likes of...