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Approaching Eid al Adha, Rohingya’s Muslim Village was Under Blockade

24 August 2017

ACTNews, SITTWE – Can you imagine how life starts and dawns in Gaza? The city is still under blockade, an impenetrable wall stands tall and proud between Gazans and Israelis. The gate was heavily guarded. That’s how life goes in Gaza, a city caged with its two million citizens.

Yet, the blockade doesn’t happen only in Gaza. One week until Eid al Adha, Global Qurban’s partner updated us with the latest condition in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar.

“For nearly one month, our village was blocked. All entrance gates were closed. It was the dominant Buddhist people who closed our village,” said one partner who preferred not to be named.

The village’s name was Zay Di Pyin, north of Rathedaung. Actually Zay Di Pyin was a big village, with mosque and Buddhist temple built inside it. The population of Zay Di Pyin was about 5.000 people.

But there was a Rohingya settlement with 700 Rohingya Muslim people inside Zay Di Pyin. This settlement was framed by fences. All access was blocked; no Rohingya people could cross the gate without permission of Buddhist majority.

According to Genocide Watch, tension in Rohingya settlements escalated since 8 August. Until the day this article is written, the Rohingya settlement still kept under guard by Buddhist extremists and armed Burmese military.

Our partner explained, there was six evaluation post to keep the movement of Rohingya people in Zay Di Pyin under watch.

“Who are keeping the gate? Buddhist people, handed with arms such as wooden weapon and machete, sword and knife. They take turn watching so no Rohingya Muslim could escape,” said our partner.

More than blocking the access of Rohingya Muslim in Zay Di Pyin, Arakan Times reported that Buddhist extremists seized Rohingya people’s stuffs, from ox to boat machine. These Buddhist extremists also wrecked houses that Rohingya people owned.

The source of Arakan Times said, this total blockade started from one accusation: that one Rohingya Muslim in Zay Di Pyin killed a Rakhine Buddhist. This accusation is never proven true to this day.

One day to Qurbani day, Rohingya people still stuck in Zay Di Pyin

Until this news is written, there’s no development regarding Zay Di Pyin blockade. One month has almost passed, and Rohingya people are still prohibited from going inside and outside their neighborhood to shop for their daily needs.

“There’s only water in a pool they depend on for drinking,” our partner revealed.

Thus, no shopping and even going to mosque to pray for them. In the last one month, Rohingya Muslim males can’t go to the mosque in their neighborhood, for it’s located outside the blockade zone.

Because of this heartless blockade, Rohingya people in Zay Di Pyin can’t go to work. Most people work as porter in Buthidaung riverside, and half of the Rohingya Muslims work as fishermen in the river aforementioned.

Just one day until Eid al Adha, and Rohingya people in Zay Di Pyin are still caged in just one settlement. Urgent discussion with Burmese police has been conducted to no avail.

According to Kumparan, Colonel Myo Thu Soe from Burmese police public relation claimed they wouldn’t open the blockade on Rohingya settlement in Zay Di Pyin.

“We have quota. Only 15 Rohingya people in Zay Di Pyin can go through the gate, twice a week to buy food and groceries,” said Myo Thue Soe.

For Rohingya in Rakhine, Qurbani Meat from Indonesia

Today, almost 1,1 million of Rohingya Muslims live in Rakhine State. for centuries, they’ve been part of Rakhine. However, due to Rakhine’s constitution, these Rohingya people are viewed as migrant newcomers, disturbing and causing social unrest among its citizens. Persecution, colonialization, and oppression continues on Rohingya people this year.

Since last October, more than 90 thousand of Rohingya people have fled Rakhine, crossing Teknaf River and seeking asylum in Bangladesh. Burmese government set military operation to “repel” these Rohingya people. Their villages were burned to the ground, women and children were murdered and even raped. Days felt long and dark for the scared Rohingya, no safe place for them to hide in Rakhine.

However, at least during Eid al Adha this year, Indonesia can do something for Rohingya. Insha Allah, Global Qurban with our partner in Sittwe will bring qurbani from Indonesia.

Just one week until Eid al Adha. On 10 Zulhijah, qurbani meat will come from Indonesia to Rohingya. Despite their condition under blockade, Insha Allah, Indonesia’s goodness will pierce through Sittwe. Rohingya Muslims should taste meat delicacies in the holiday. []

Photo: Reuters, AP Photo

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