Japanese Ambassador meets Hindus of Yebaukkya Village (former Khamaungseik Taung Village), Maungtaw Township, the main witnesses of terrorist attacks occurred in Rakhine State on 25 August 2017
NAY PYI TAW August 29
Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Ichiro Maruyama and a Japanese media team arrived at Sittwe Airport at 11.50 am on 26 August by Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) flight.
At about 2.30 pm at Sittwe Hotel in Sittwe, the Japanese Ambassador and team met with 11 Hindu families of Yebaukkya Village (former Khamaungseik Taung Village), Maungtaw Township, who returned to Myanmar after being taken forcefully by ARSA terrorist extremists to Bangladesh, and who are the main witnesses of the terrorist attacks occurred in Rakhine State on 25 August 2017.
During the meeting, the Japanese Ambassador asked them about the terrorist attacks, whether terrorists were Bengalis or not, and their current situation. The Hindu families recounted the terrorist attacks of Bengalis at the Yebaukkya Village (former Khamaungseik Taung Village) which was their home, on 25 August 2017, the abduction of Hindu families, the slaughtering of all males in front of the women, the forced and threatened march to the refugee camps in Bangladesh, the assistance of Hindu organizations and the Myanmar Tatmadaw for their return to Myanmar, and the non-involvement of the Tatmadaw members and the ethnic races in any of the terrorist attacks. They said that if the Tatmadaw was present at the area then, such tragic event would never happen; and that the tragic event occurred as their village was far from Tatmadaw outposts.
The Japanese Ambassador continued to ask about the situation of their current accommodation, occupation and food security. The Hindu families answered that they are now safely living in the homes arranged by the Tatmadaw, that the Tatmadaw is providing Ks-30,000 and rice, cooking oil and gram for every household per month, that the military doctors are providing treatment for the unhealthy persons, that they have been on friendly terms with Rakhine people since long ago, that they came to and are staying in Sittwe under the arrangement of the officials for security reasons, that although they have no worries for food, clothing and shelter, they have some difficulties in the religious matters, that they are far away from their Hindu relatives, and that they want to settle in Maungtaw for their survival. The Ambassador told them that he appreciates their situation, and promises aid arrangements for the possible areas.
It is learnt that the Hindu families arrived back Myanmar at the end of September and in the early October 2017, through the assistance provided by security troops of Myanmar.