Assisting the Rohingyas Living in Isolation

Aid distribution and empowerment programs for Rohingya women are among the programs initiated by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) to support the Rohingya Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Myanmar.

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Apart from food and medical assistance, Aksi Cepat Tanggap empowers the Rohingya women by providing sewing courses so that these women can help fulfilling the needs of their families. (ACTNews/Shulhan Syamsur Rijal)

ACTNews, BUTHIDAUNG - Over 300 people have stayed in a school in Buthidaung. They are the Rohingyas who cannot leave Myanmar due to military isolation. Living in limitations within their own homeland, they are struggling to survive.

Naing Lin Kyaw, a local ACT partner reported from Buthidaung City on Wednesday (11/7) that some Rohingya residents in the villages of Rakhine were unable to get out. Besides, their lives were threatened by the Arakan Army. On the other hand, if they support the Arakan Army, the Myanmar military will arrest them.

"The civilians’ lives are also threatened by military attacks. Many Rohingyas were forced to go and try their luck in the neighboring cities," explained Naing to ACTNews.

He added that the isolated Rohingyas rarely received humanitarian assistance. There is an estimated number of 200,000 Rohingyas in Buthidaung and Rathedaung, while 60,000 others are in Maungdaw, North Arakan. Naing stated that the assistance from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) that reached the Rohingya villages was very helpful.

Water pump assistance given to the Rohingyas can provide access to clean water to the villagers. Naing admitted that women and children did not need to go outside the village for clean water.

Besides food, Rohingya children in Myanmar also need proper education, such as the children from the areas of Nyung Chaung, Mawstbiz, and Kwa Sone. "The children hope for a part-time school as they don’t study in public schools," continued Naing.

Not only providing food aid, ACT also empowered a number of Rohingya housewives by providing sewing courses. "In order to meet the needs of families, sewing courses conducted by ACT were very essential," admitted Naing. They Rohingya women were trained to improve their skills

"And if there are more courses for Rohingya refugee women, we want to take part because we want independence for our future," concluded Naing. []