Burma's Rohingya Fear Persecution after National Census

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Myanmar 31 Mar 2014 10:33

Burma - In the volatile Arakan State, thousands Muslim Rohingyas have been displaced since two years, following deadly violences.

Tensions could rise again as the authorities started a controversial nationwide census in march 2014, a census laying into the hands of extremist Buddhist nationalists.
Nationalists have long considered Muslim as a significant threat to the dominant Buddhist faith due to their increasing population. Although it’s widely believed Muslims represent about 4% of the population, the number may be much higher, as no census had been made since 1983. Also critics have accused the government of lowering the number.

Other minorities have also deeply criticized the government census, which is running from March 30th to April the 10th. They claim it will lump them into categories and carve them into sub-tribes based on villages.
Myanmar is a multi-ethnic country. But its rulers have an history of dividing the minorities to ensure its stability. In the past both Muslims and Chinese populations were named as scape goats to curb growing resistance against the country’s rulers.

Last year, State authorities started a household survey reportedly only aimed at the Rohingya population. But the Rohingya participants were allegedly forced by the border police to illegally enter Bangladesh, making them illegal immigrants in Bangladesh. The survey led to several violent confrontations and deaths after the police had opened fire on the angry crowd.

The Rohingyas are nearly a million in the State of Arakan. Several more millions are now refugees in Bangladesh, India and other countries in South Asia. In Burma they have been stripped and denied their citizenship by the 1984 citizenship law.
After the recent violences the Rohingyas were locked up in squalid camps and saw their movements restricted. They have received barely support.

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One year old Rohingya baby boy Zarzamir Hussein with her grandmother Mouriam, 40 years old.
They arrived at Allah Son Internally Displaced Population camp six months ago.

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Ismael, a Rohingya new born boy is 11 days old. He is with his mother Mubarak Hatu, 30 years old, at Thet kay Pyin village school in Sittwe.

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Arafa, 22 years old with her daughter Sattora, eleven months old. They where temporary relocated from the unofficial Pauk Taw IDP camp to Thet kay Pyin village school in Sittwe.

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Rosia, four month old, with her 25 years old mother Nur Ser. They arrived five months ago at Pauk Taw in Sittwe, an unofficial camp for internally displaced people.

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Safaida, four month old, with her mother Taiufa, 20 years old. They arrived at Mezali camp for internally displaced people five months ago.

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Three months old boy Ruma Na Gy sit on the laps of his 8 years old sister Sham Shy Da at Pauk Taw unofficial camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe.
They have been living in the camp since eight months.

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Husam Banu, 28, with her 2 months old daughter Nur Kayas at Thet kay Pyin village school, Sittwe.

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Rohingya refugee Zora Hatu, 30, with her seven months old son Umar at the unofficial camp of Pauk Taw for internally displaced people at Manzee Junction near Sittwe Burma. She arrived at the camp five months ago.

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Tasmina, 10, with her 3 years old brother Abor at Thea Chaung II camp for internally displaced people near Sittwe. They have been living in the camp since five months.

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Jannu, 25, has been living at Baw Du Pha IDP camp Sittwe since one year. She just choose the name Mijurama for her 1 week old baby.

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A five days baby who have no name yet with her mother Amina Katu, 25. She arrived at Kawng Dok Ka IDP camp in Sittwe eight months ago.

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Lilia Begun, 20, arrived at Pauk Taw IDP camp in Sittwe eight months ago. She carrie her no named yet three days old daughter.

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Amida, 20, with her a week old daughter Rabia . She has been living at Baw Du Pha IDP camp since one year.

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Corima, 20, with her ten days old son Kalamie. She arrived at Baw Du Pha IDP camp in Sittwe one year ago.

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Abeda with her ten day old son who has still no name. She has been living since one year at Baw Du Pha IDP camp in Sittwe.

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Eduan, 9, carries her six months sister Shanaz Bibi. Eduan arrived at Thandawli IDP camp in Sittwe one year ago.