Thousands of Rohingyas in Buthidaung Live in "Genocide Zone"

The Rohingyas in Buthidaung Can't Get Access to Food

ACTNews, BUTHIDAUNG – Approximately two hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims are trapped in what can be described as “genocide zone”. They live in the northernmost part of Rakhine state, located near the border with Bangladesh. They cannot flee to Bangladesh because they risk exposure to anti-personnel landmines the Myanmar military has planted. If they flee towards the south, they are picked off by the same Myanmar soldiers that carried out the ethnic cleansing in 2017-2018. 

“A few days ago, a [Myanmar] gunship attacked Rohingya village in the township of Buthidaung,” Mohammed Salam, Chairman of a local Rohingya Welfare Committee in Rakhine State, told TRTWorld. A half dozen people were killed, and the injured were taken to the hospital in Buthidaung, which is running out of medicines and anesthesia. 

The isolation has blocked the access of the residents in the conflict-ridden area from food to help them survive. On Tuesday (4/23), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and delivered aid packages funded by the donation of the people of Indonesia to help the Rohingya Muslims in Buthidaung. The aid packages were delivered through the program named “Kitabisa Public Kitchen and Humanitarian Aid”.

“There are 330 families that benefitted from the aid distribution. They are the Rohingyas in Northern Arakan who had to flee their villages to safer neighboring places due to the devastating military conflict that destroy their villages,” explained Sucita Ramadinda of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), Wednesday (4/24). She hoped that the aid that has been delivered could alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Buthidaung. 

Mohamed Sultan (36), one of the beneficiaries, said his gratitude to the people of Indonesia. He is very happy for the aid packages because he and other villagers are not able to go anywhere. 

“We live like in prison due to the ongoing war. We frequently hear explosions. Two days ago, a pregnant woman was injured when fighting broke out when she was praying Zuhr. We don’t know whether she’s currently dead or alive,” said Sultan. 

He further mentioned that the Public Kitchen and Humanitarian Aid mean so much for him. “We are grateful for the aid given by ACT during this horrific situation. There are people other than us who suffer from hunger because they can’t go anywhere. Hopefully, ACT will reach them too,” concluded Sultan. []