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 cities, towns and villages of Rakhine, Burma (Myanmar)

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Rohingya holed up in a border "no man's land" after fleeing Myanmar will only accept repatriation to their home villages, a local leader said Sunday, ... Bangladesh since last August by a major army crackdown, purportedly intended to "clear" northern Rakhine state of militants from the ethnic minority.
More than 700,000 refugees have fled Rakhine state since August last year when a militant group attacked Myanmar security outposts, prompting a harsh ... Rohingya refugees trapped in a "no man's land" on the border after fleeing Myanmar will only accept repatriation to their home villages, rejecting ...

Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a "model" village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to ... a "Muslim-dry" buffer zone running the nearly 100km from state capital Sittwe to Maungdaw town, according to Oo Hla Saw, a Rakhine MP who advises the ...
SITTWE, Myanmar (AFP) - A Rakhine Buddhist leader facing treason charges linked to deadly riots appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday (March 7), ... in the crackdown, has also frequently clashed with the central government and tensions have soared since riots rocked a Rakhine town in January.
Things turned ugly in January, when Rakhine nationalist commemorations to mark the 233-year anniversary of the fall of the Arakan kingdom to Burmese invaders in the Rakhine heartland town of Mrauk U ended in violence. After demonstrators tried to seize the local General Administration Department ...
Most of Sittwe's Rohingya population left their homes after religious violence in 2012. More than 100,000 people are still living in internment camps outside the city. Separately, satellite images suggest entire Rohingya villages, many already damaged by fire, have been completely bulldozed, campaign group Human Rights ...

Satellite images of the village of Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son in Rakhine state, Myanmar, shown in December last year and again in February. ... Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to erase dozens of villages in Rakhine state in a vast operation that rights groups say is destroying evidence of mass ...
The images show that two villages in the Myin Hlut village tract that were not burned in the late 2017 attacks were intact prior to being bulldozed. Between ... The satellite images show that the initial demolition of heavily damaged or destroyed buildings in northern Rakhine State began in Maungdaw town in ...
Through eyewitness testimony and expert analysis of satellite images, Remaking Rakhine State reveals how flattening of Rohingya villages and new ... The largest of the new bases is in the village of Ah Lel Chaung in Buthidaung Township, where eyewitnesses said that the military forcibly evicted ...
Myanmar is conducting a "military land grab" on land in Rakhine state where Rohingya once lived, a new report from Amnesty International alleges. Citing satellite images and witnesses, the rights group says villages have been bulldozed to make way for new infrastructure since January. An Amnesty ...
Yangon: satellite imagery shows Myanmar authorities have bulldozed at least 55 Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine in recent months, Human Rights Watch said on Friday, condemning the government for erasing ... Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine State.
More than half a million mainly Muslim Rohingya from Rakhine fled the destruction of their homes last year in what the UN called ethnic cleansing. Villages where Rohingya had lived were burned and several thousand people were killed in retaliation after Rohingya militants staged a series of attacks on police outposts.
Yangon - At least 90 percent of the Rohingya population of conflict-torn northern Rakhine State has fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the wake of the ... A border police officer crouches near a burned Muslim village in southern Maungdaw during a government guided-tour for journalists in 2017.
satellite imagery shows Myanmar authorities have bulldozed at least 55 Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine in recent months, Human Rights Watch said Friday, condemning the government for erasing evidence at sites where troops are accused of atrocities. Northern Rakhine has been nearly emptied ...
This Feb. 13, 2018, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe, shows the village of Zone Kar Yar, about 24 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Satellite images of Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, released to The Associated Press by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on ...
New satellite imagery of Myanmar's Rakhine State shows the country's government is using bulldozers to completely flatten dozens of Rohingya Muslim villages that were burned during violence last year. human rights groups say authorities are destroying "crime scenes" that contain evidence of atrocities ...
The images show that two villages in the Myin Hlut village tract that were not burned in the late 2017 attacks were intact prior to being bulldozed. Between ... The satellite images show that the initial demolition of heavily damaged or destroyed buildings in northern Rakhine State began in Maungdaw town in ...

satellite images of Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State, released to The Associated Press by Colorado-based DigitalGlobe on Friday, show that dozens of empty villages and hamlets have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks -- far more than previously reported. The villages were all set ...
The in-depth investigation instantly became the most thorough and detailed account so far of the violence in Rakhine. The Tatmadaw True News Information Team first announced the discovery of bodies in Inn Din village on December 18, 2017. The unidentified bodies were found in the village cemetery ...
Two Public Hearing Forums in Sittwe organised by Tat Lan marked the first opportunity for Rakhine State government leaders, civil society groups and villagers to ... Ma Shwe Nwe, from Ohn Taw village tract in Kyaukphyu Township, said she represented farmers who had been "waiting for years" for land ...
In an effort to show the world Myanmar is ready to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, its government is finally granting foreign officials access to Northern Rakhine State, the site where atrocities against the Muslim minority were committed. Canada's special envoy to Myanmar, Bob Rae ...
13 (Xinhua) -- Problems remain in Myanmar's Rakhine State despite progress in certain areas, a UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday. The priorities laid out by UN ... 7, 2017 shows a house burning in Gawdu Tharya village near Maungdaw in Rakhine state in northern Myanmar. (Xinhua/AFP).
He was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city and far from the western state of Rakhine, where bloody military operations that followed ... and isolated villages of Rakhine -- let alone the tarp-walled huts of the teeming refugee camps -- the government is increasingly linking Rohingya across ...
Myanmar's government on Friday shrugged off a report detailing the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state that prompted calls from the U.S. state ... special report on the events that led to the killing of 10 Rohingya men, including two teenagers, from Rakhine's Inn Din village who it said were buried in ...
Myanmar officials have denied a report of five mass graves of Rohingya in a village in crisis-hit Rakhine, a border region gutted by a military crackdown on ... a flood of testimony from refugees describing security forces murdering civilians, committing mass rape and torching Rohingya villages to the ground.
Yangon - No mass graves were found in Gutar Pyin village of Buthidaung Township in northern Rakhine State during an inspection of the area on Friday ... However, the Muslim part of the village had since been reduced to ashes while the two Arakanese villages remain intact following the security forces' ...
COX'S BAZAR • Rakhine authorities have refuted a report of five mass graves of Rohingya in a village in the crisis-hit Myanmar state and said that "terrorists" had ... It's not only about taking them back to their respective villages, for example... these people have to be reintegrated into their society," he said.
Most villagers went to Thailand, China and Malaysia to work and some migrate to Hpakant township in Kachin State to look for jade at the jade mines, said U Ohm Shwe Maung, village head of Myint Gar Thit Village. U Sein Hla Maw, head of other eight villages on the Phayone Kar Island, said the paddy ...
An investigation by The Associated Press has confirmed the existence of more than five mass graves in Myanmar's western Rakhine State -- the newest piece of evidence for ... By the time the soldiers stopped shooting at the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, only Kadir and two teammates were still alive.
Clockwise from top left: Kyaw Myint, former administrator of Mrauk U's Tein Nyo village, his wife Kyi Kyi Win, son Ko Min Than Htay, and ... Myanmar authorities are interrogating four suspects in the murder of a former official in the town of Mrauk U in western Myanmar's volatile Rakhine State, the country's ...
Interviews with survivors who have reached Bangladesh confirm at least five previously unreported mass graves and details of a massacre in Gu Dar Pyin village in Buthidaung township. Villagers said they saw soldiers buying 12 containers of acid two days before the massacre, indicating that an attempt to ...
Voicing its serious concern over the security situation in Rohingya villages, they said "attacks and looting by Myanmar armed forces and Buddhist Rakhine militia have spiraled over the past several days". Myanmar government has failed to show it "genuinely works with the Rakhine Commission for ...
In central Rakhine, w ith logistics support from the local authorities, WFP reached 100 percent of the targeted 114,000 beneficiaries during the December distribution cycle. • For the first time since 25 August 2017, WFP international staff w ere granted access for food distribution monitoring in Rakhine State.
Recently the Myanmar government invited the Advisory Board for the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State and media ... The previous terrorist attacks left many villages destroyed and villagers homeless with some of them fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh. During the ...
Yangon (Reuters) - A Myanmar official who was the administrator of a town in troubled Rakhine State when seven people died there in rioting earlier this month has been stabbed and killed, the government said on Wednesday (Jan 31). police were treating the death of Bo Bo Min Theik as a case of ...
Myanmar's Rakhine State government will convene an emergency meeting to form an inquiry committee consisting of nine members, including six state lawmakers, to investigate the killings that occurred during a police crackdown in the ancient town of Mrauk U, a local legislator said Friday. On Jan.
At the time, Myanmar officials reported that a Hindu man from Yebaw Kya village in Maungdaw pointed out the sites, after fleeing to Bangladesh following deadly attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation army rebels on police and border guards in northern Rakhine, on Aug. 25. "Here, there is no violence.
According to the deal, those who return will first live in transit camps before eventually going back to their villages. But the plan has been ... rights groups have described how hundreds of villages across Rakhine State were set on fire after troops and mobs descended to chase out the residents. Homes and ...
Around 150 protesters gathered in Munaung township, in western Myanmar's Rakhine State, Monday to demand the release of two ethnic Rakhine ... of the Rakhine minority group marking a Buddhist anniversary converged on the government office in the town of Mrauk U when authorities attempted to stop ...
24, 2018, in Maung Daw township, border town of northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. ... two countries have signed an agreement to begin sending people home in "safety, security and dignity," but rights groups have expressed worry about Rohingya returning to villages they left only months ago in terror.
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh - Bangladesh officials said Tuesday a huge fire burned and gunshots were heard in a village across the border in Myanmar's conflict-scarred Rakhine State, where authorities want to return Rohingya refugees. A "big fire" was seen raging late Monday in an abandoned village ...
In signs the unrest was continuing despite the repatriation plans, Bangladesh officials said Tuesday a huge fire burned and gunshots were heard in a village in Rakhine. Myanmar agreed that from January 23 it would start taking those refugees who had fled since 2016 back from the squalid camps in the ...
Myanmar's top business leaders have rallied behind State Counselor Aung San Kyi's plan for Rakhine State, expending money and resources on frontline efforts to resettle refugees and rebuild infrastructure. A government agency chaired by the country's de facto leader is also wooing private capital into an ...
The declaration last Sunday by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation army (Arsa), that it has no choice but to fight the Myanmar government, is precisely the sort of unhelpful stance that sparked the deadly response by the Myanmar authorities on the entire Rohingya population last year. The statement was ...
Ayet-thay-ma (Yet-kan-thay-ma) Village from Mrauk U Township also donated Ks 210,000 for the families of the seven deceased men, with Ks 300,000 per family. "The Arakan Patriot Group donated a total of Ks 3.8 million. We feel very saddened for the families of the deceased. The entire Arakan people ...
In September, one of Jet Ni's aunts, a Buddhist from Myebon in northern Rakhine, was accused of selling supplies to "Bengalis." A mob beat her up, shaved her head, and hung a board with "Traitor of the Nation" written on it around her neck, before parading her around town. Such is the hostility in Rakhine.
"If they send us back forcefully we will not go," Sayed Noor, who fled his village in Myanmar in August, said over the weekend, adding that Myanmar authorities ... The military and Buddhist mobs then launched retaliatory attacks on Rohingya across Rakhine in a frenzy of killings, rapes and burned villages.
Around 150 protesters gathered in Munaung township, in western Myanmar's Rakhine State, Monday to demand the release of two ethnic Rakhine ... of the Rakhine minority group marking a Buddhist anniversary converged on the government office in the town of Mrauk U when authorities attempted to stop ...
Bangkok - Doubts hang over the return of refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar - originally slated to start on Tuesday (Jan 23) - amid warnings that conditions remain unstable some five months after almost 700,000 Rohingyas fled Rakhine State. The Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh after an Aug 25 ...
A construction worker helps build a new road in Rakhine State. ... ''In the past, waterways were the only medium used to move goods from Rakhine State to Yangon or other cities. ... "Even though roads are being built, we would still not dare go out if there is no security," said U Myint Soe of Inn Din village.


 

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