Over 400 Rakhine IDPs return home
Narinjara News, 18 November 2020
More than 400 locals who fled to Sane and Rambree in Rakhine State returned back to their villages yesterday, said a social worker.
“They left yesterday morning. We arranged vehicles for them to go back home. All the refugees have returned and their villages are calms now as the soldiers had also left the place,” added the social worker.
They hail from villages namely Kalapon, Myo Shuin, Mawron and Ngo Kaing under Rambree township.
Those villagers left their places on 2 November as the Tatmadaw troops entered their villages and even arrested some villagers for interrogations.
The stayed at makeshift camps in Rambree town and many took shelter at a monastery in Sane. Most of them are farmers and they wanted to return as it is the harvesting time.
Of the 160 people who took shelter in Sane, about 80 stayed at Kan Pyin Su monastery, informed Sane township administrator Ko Ko Lin Lin Kyaing.
“Only a few people remain in Kan Pyin Su ward of Sane as they are old and many are minors with poor health. But the rest would return soon to harvest their paddies,” he added.
A convoy of security forces entered into Myo Shuin village in Kalapon village-tract on 2 November and arrested five young villagers namely Aung Htay Win (19), Ko Nyi Sit (B) Nyi Htwe (18), Ko Tun Min Soe (24), Ko Soe Ye (15) and Soe Maung Chay (25).
They were soon taken away by the Tatmadaw and still in Kyaukphyu police custody. They have been charged under the anti-terrorism laws suspecting their links with Arakan Army (AA).
The villagers fled their places due to such activities of soldiers.