Thursday, September 11, 2008

Burma: Corruption - a widow's plight

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Nasaka, Burma's border security force has been trying to seize 16 acres of land from a widow in Rathedaung Township since August 27.

The widow, Noor Jahan (50), wife of late Md. Kasim, hails from Koe Dan Kauk (Donesay Para) village in Rathedaung Township.

She owns 16 acres of land including paddy fields and a shrimp dam in Koe Tan Kauk village.

The commander of Nasaka outpost camp No.21 of Nasaka area No.9 ordered Noor Jahan on August 27, to relocate her house. But, she did not comply with the order.

Later, she brought the matter to the notice of the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) and Land Survey Department in Rathedaung Township. Both the departments asked the Nasaka not to confiscate the land and that she has necessary documents showing ownership of the land. But, the Nasak did not pay any heed and is still bent on seizing the land for business purposes.

Nasaka has already destroyed her shrimp dam by draining out water and looting all the shrimps.

The land owner Noor Jahan drew the attention of the Nasaka Headquarters in Gyikan Pyin (Kawarbill) in Maungdaw Township. The decision on the issue will be taken by and by but most people believe that the Nasaka will have its way.

Nasaka and other concerned authorities in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung Townships have already seized many acres of land from the Rohingya community including shrimp dams for business.

As part of its campaign to eliminate Rohingyas, the SPDC has taken the initiative to repopulate northern Arakan with Burmans. The lands, which Rohingyas have cultivated, are being confiscated. Muslims are gradually losing land and becoming landless.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting