Another Food Distribution Reaches the Rohingyas in Myanmar

Some Rohingyas are still living in Myanmar following the crisis in 2017. They chose not to flee to Bangladesh, and decided to move to neighboring cities. Isolated from the outside world, they are rarely reached by humanitarian aid.

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A Rohingya man in Maungdauw Province of Myanmar registering himself before receiving the food aid. Around 200 Rohingya families from Maungdauw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung received food packages from Indonesian benefactors. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAUNGDAW, BUTHIDAUNG, RATHEDAUNG - Shomso Alom (48) was very grateful that day. The man that lives in Kyi IDP camp, Pyin in Maungdaw, Rakhine, were among the recipients of the food packages from Indonesian benefactors.

"I have 10 family members at home. I have 5 children who are currently under 18 years old, and I am the only breadwinner in the family. I am very grateful and thankful to ACT Indonesia for the food packages provided in these difficult times, especially because we live in the camp, "said Shomso, who works as a teacher in the IDP camp, though his translator.

The IDPs are unable to move freely day by day to work and make a living. They can’t even like fish, farm, and go to the forest to cut some wood and bamboo freely. "We are fully blockaded. Checkpoints are everywhere," added Alom.

Muhibullah, an Rohingya man from Rathedaung City, was also very grateful for the food aid he received. Muhibullah’s house and all of his family’s belongings were burned and destroyed by the military in August 2017. Muhibullah was forced to leave their home in Doe Ok Village, The Ma Ma, in Moidaung.

"We have been here for three years. I have three children, and none of them can continue their education. We are in a difficult situation right now. Nobody has a job opportunity here, "said Muhibullah.

Sucita Ramadinda from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - Aksi Cepat Tanggap reported, 200 families received food packages in December 2019. "All Rohingyas live in blockade inside the camp. Even though they have farmlands, they are not allowed to work on their farms, "Sucita said.

Some of the IDP are families whose houses were burned down in August 2017. They decided not to flee to Bangladesh. They were unreached by outside assistance, both from the government and other humanitarian agencies. "ACT is the only NGO that continues to provide assistance to them from 2018 until now," concluded Sucita. []