Rohingya sandwiched between the Military and Arakan Army

The Rohingya are an indigenous ethnic group of Arakan (Rakhine) state Myanmar (Burma). The Northern Arakan comprising the contiguous area between the Kaladan river and the Naf river is the traditional homeland of the Rohingya people. Although the Rohingyas have been living there since the 8th century, they are denied their fundamental ethnic and individual rights after their homeland was annexed into then Burma.

Following February 1, 2021, military coup in Myanmar, the Junta had an agreement with the Arakan Army (AA)/ United League of Arakan (ULA) and were given much authority. The Arakan Army / United League of Arakan (ULA) is now overseeing administrative, judicial, security and Tax collection in the Rohingya majority areas. Currently both the military and the Arakan Army are harassing the Rohingya people. On one hand, the AA asking the Rohingya to follow them and on the other hand the military ordering them to disregard AA.

A Rohingya from Buthidaung said, “Arakan Army is patroling 24 hours in our villages and the law enforcement agencies are doing nothing. The AA’s activities became active across the Rakhine state, especially in Rohingya populated areas. We Rohingya has become the wife of two cruel husbands.”

Mohammed a refugee of camp 26 told the Rohingya Khobor that both AA and the military regime have a horrendous common policy against Rohingya. Though they fight against one another externally, internally they maintain a common action against the Rohingya people. The AA’s current activities in the Rakhine state and the military’s silence is the proof.

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