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TRAVELS to the RESTRICTED ZONES of MAUNGDAW, BUTHIDAUNG AND RATHEDAUNG TOWNSHIPS, RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR, by RICK HEIZMAN

by Rick Heizman, June 28, 2018, San Francisco

The three townships of northern Rakhine State, namely Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung have never been open to tourism - as well, tourists know nothing about the area, and it is the most distant corner of the distant and little visited Rakhine State. On August 25, 2017, the Bengali Muslims (some people who don’t understand the political construct of the false identity might call them ‘Rohingya’) launched a furious jihad upon the indigenous Rakhine Buddhists, the Hindu minority and tribal ethnicities. Once again, the world news was on this area where essentially nobody - not even seasoned Burma travelers have been - except me. Not only have I spent the last 37 years goin back and forth to Burma (as it was known then) but I started going to Rakhine State in 1996 - 22 years ago. More recently, I am the only foreigner that has been allowed to travel into the restricted townships, on my own, and I have been in there twice, with full freedom and access, and with no restrictions, and no minders. I know that many journalists and reporters are stupefied as to how I got permission to get in to that restricted area, and why the government lets me in, but nobody else. It's actually very simple.

Have any of the indignant reporters and journalists done any school projects in Rakhine State? Or, any kind of projects for the benefit of the Rakhine Buddhist people? Have any of the other reporters and human rights workers, etc., done anything positive for the Rakhine Buddhist culture? NO! Of course not!

The only thing that all of them do for the Rakhine Buddhists is to demonize them, dehumanize them, refuse to listen to them, disparage them, not acknowledge their true history, etc.

I have built schools in Rakhine State and other humanitarian and educational projects there for many years. For 22 years I have been going to Rakhine State. I am known and respected by the people there. And in any new introduction I can list all of those positive points, and invariably they have heard of me and will do anything they can for me. And, there is very good reason why they block all of the other rira- because they don’t know them, and they have done nothing positive for the true indigenous peoples, in fact, a quick search will show all of the negative things they have done - so why should they be allowed in? They have had too many ignorant zealots come in, and then twist and mold their ‘findings’ into an anti-Buddhist, anti-truthful, pro-Muslim, pro-fake news, media screed.

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LEAVING SITTWE AND ARRIVING IN MAUNGDAW

We (myself and a guide whom I have known for 10 years) left for Maungdaw in the early morning, first by taxi to a jetty for an hour, then by boat for a few hours to the southern tip of the Maungdaw peninsula, where we met our car and driver. With my documentation and passes I got through the checkpoints easily. The southern tip of the peninsula is technically in Rathedaung Township, however, geographically speaking, by being on the west side of the Mayu Mountains it is essentially southern Maungdaw Township. It will take about five hours of driving to get to the town of Maungdaw, the largest town in Northern Rakhine State, and we will stop at various villages on the way, arriving in town at dusk just before the curfew. There is only one road up to Maungdaw town, and it is dirt, except when one is about 10 miles from Maungdaw.

LEAVING SITTWE AND ARRIVING IN MAUNGDAW We (myself and a guide whom I have known for

THE FIRST VILLAGES

The first villages we drove by were all attacked August 25 - providing they were Buddhist - by the Bengalis from their, now abandoned, villages. The guys I was traveling with pointed out to me the police posts that were targeted, which ones police were killed, and which ones were set ablaze that night, and over the next weeks. I interviewed people who told of the horrors they faced, not only in 2017, but 2016, 2012, and many other times since 1942 (more about that specific year later). We were still many hours from Maungdaw, and we had to judge our time so that we made it into the town before dark and curfew.

INN DIN VILLAGE

In the next area of villages, we stopped at Inn Din Village, where the 10 Bengali Muslims were killed. I met and interviewed U Maung Ni’s wife. U Maung Ni was the Buddhist villager that was killed in the morning of August 25 in Inn Din. I learned many things from the villagers that really shot down the Reuters version of the killings. Example: Reuters made the point that there was no attack in the early predawn morning by the Muslims, and that the nearest village where there was an attack was 4.5 miles north at Kyauk Pan Du. Well, many villager told me that they were awakened at 3 AM by the mued sounds of many many gunshots and explosions, coming from the south, 1.5 miles away, in Gwa Son, which had the biggest

LEAVING SITTWE AND ARRIVING IN MAUNGDAW We (myself and a guide whom I have known for

The wife of murdered U Maung Ni

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police outpost in that area. In that part of the world there is no instant news, so people didn’t know, until later in the morning, of the massive surprise attacks by the Bengali Muslims. Reuters also conveniently didn’t mention the reason why the Inn Din Muslims did not attack the Buddhists that early morning - as they had prepared to do. And, if they had attacked the Buddhists it would have been devastating - 90% of the population of the 5 villages that made up Inn Din were Muslim - roughly 4000 Muslims and 400 Buddhists. The reason they didn’t attack was that just the day before Aug 25th, on Aug 24th, the top Mawlawi (Imam) of Inn Din was arrested for ‘inciting violence against the Buddhists’ as he had been doing for a year, by broadcasting calls from his mosque loudspeakers to ‘Cut the heads othe Buddhists’, ‘All you Rakhine men will die, and your wives will be ours’, You don’t believe in Allah , so you must die’, etc. So the Muslims couldn’t attack, or they would never see their hate-mongering imam again, but they were so riled up that they

police outpost in that area. In that part of the world there is no instant news,

Inn Din kids

murdered U Maung Ni as he was walking through some forest to attend to his bualo. And by afternoon that day they couldn’t restrain themselves anymore, and started rampaging through the 2 small Buddhist villages, causing the Buddhists to flee quickly for the big walled monastery. Only then the Buddhists were starting to learn what had happened during the early morning, and that the bridges on both sides of Inn Din has been blown up by the Bengalis, and Inn Din was eectively

police outpost in that area. In that part of the world there is no instant news,

The monastery and temple compound walls

isolated. Then a few days later some Buddhist men captured 10 Muslims running from using bombs to ambush troops trying to get to Inn Din. They called for security forces to came and get the 10 prisoners, but they couldn’t because the 2 bridges across raging streams were down. Reuters painted those 10 Bengalis as innocent angels, when in fact, they were heartless killers under the boot of Islamic terrorism and agenda.

KYAUK PAN DU VILLAGE

Four and half miles further up the road we stopped in Kyauk Pan Du, which was a major

supply depot for the Muslims. This is where many secret hidden underground bunkers were discovered, some by myself, which held weapons, explosives, mines, bombs etc. It helps to show the long-term systematic planning that the Bengali Muslims had. Villagers there will happily take us to see newly discovered bunkers.

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As we continued northward, I noticed the hundreds of abandoned Bengali fishing boats (the ones with

As we continued northward, I noticed the hundreds of abandoned Bengali fishing boats (the ones with the sharply upturned ends) littering the beaches here, because that was an easy way for Bangladeshi Bengalis to illegally swarm into Rakhine State - they sailed over with their boats packed with - not fish - but Bangladeshis - who then become ‘Rohingya’ just by landing in Rakhine State. It is rather odd that Bengalis / Bangladeshis actually were swarming in huge numbers into the very place where they claim a long, never-ending, savage genocide was going on. Everywhere else on earth people try to escape genocide, but Bengalis are migrating INTO a supposed genocide. Well, they are not very smart, they have some of the lowest literacy and education levels of anybody around them. However, they are quite sly at lying, giving fake stories, making-up fake atrocities, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar!’ as they are slaughtering infidels and shouting ‘genocide’ when they themselves are the ones trying again and again to carry through a wanton genocidal ethnic cleansing.

AH LEI THAN KYAW

As we continue we will get to the site of Ah Lei Than Kyaw, which until 1942, was the biggest

Buddhist monastery complex in Maungdaw Township, about twelve miles south of Maungdaw town. During the 1942 Maungdaw massacre when 30,000 Buddhists were slaughtered in Maungdaw town alone, and hundreds of Buddhist villages were set on fire, many Buddhists around Ah Lei Than Kyaw fled to what they thought was the safety of the huge Buddhist complex there. Twenty thousand armed Bengali Muslims raided the Ah Lei Than Kyaw police station and brutally killed all the policemen, who had surrendered to them, and then set oto kill all the Rakhine men from the villages.

Thousands of Bengali Muslims (nobody on earth used the term ‘Rohingya’ then) surrounded the complex, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar!’ praises of their god, and set it ablaze, hurling bundles of dry hay over the walls to make an inferno. Every soul in there was incinerated - more than 500 Buddhist women, children, elders, young Buddhist novices, and Buddhist monks who were taking refuge inside the monastery complex.

The Muslims wanted the villages, the fertile land, and the fishing grounds of the Buddhists - and they believed that it is not wrong to kill the Buddhists, in fact, their faith claims that the ‘idol-worshipping polytheists’ should be killed, and their property and women are to be taken by Muslims, and Allah will be pleased. Buddhists never settled there anymore, there is nothing of the Buddhist presence there, the Muslims built a large village over the ruins, obliterating any Buddhist reference, and Ah Lei Than Kyaw became a large UNHCR supply depot, with the UNHCR headquarters of the area - which of course, assisted only the Muslims and not the Buddhists. Now, it is burned and abandoned - Karma at work.

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There is one old and gnarled tree that marked a corner of the former compound according to old survivors of the 1942 genocidal massacre against the Buddhists.

I and our team oered prayers at, for the thousands of Buddhists that have been slaughtered there, in Ah Lei Than Kyaw, and the surrounding area.

There is one old and gnarled tree that marked a corner of the former compound according
There is one old and gnarled tree that marked a corner of the former compound according

MRO REFUGEE CAMPS

Soon after, we stopped at some Mro tribal refugee camps near the road. Mro are an indigenous ethnicity that traditionally only lived deep in the mountains however they are too afraid to live in the mountains now because the Bengali Muslims kill them so frequently and easily so they cannot live in the mountains until the Bengali Muslims are completely gone. There have been steady killing of Mro and other tribal people throughout the years. In one particularly heinous episode a group of 8 or 9 Mro were shot and hacked to death on Aug 4, 2017 - the number discrepancy is because one woman killed was 8 months pregnant, and they weren’t sure how to count that.

THIRI KONE BOUNG, SAYA MAUNG CHAN THA

After that we drove by a Buddhist village named Thiri Kone Boung - pictured here, on fire. I was particularly outraged when Human Rights Watch used this photo, in a report in June 2012, without permission, which it got othe internet, which is taken by somebody I know, and intentionally distorted every fact about it for their deceitful propaganda. The text is meant to fool and manipulate the reader into thinking that he or she is looking at a Bengali Muslim village set on fire by the bad bad Buddhists. BUT, THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS IS A BUDDHIST VILLAGE - THAT HAS BEEN TORCHED BY THE MUSLIMS - and it is named Thiri Kone Boung Village of Maungdaw Township.

AND, those people in the photo are Bengali Muslims that were chasing Buddhists out of the village, who ran up a hill, where this photo was taken by a Rakhine Buddhist man from nearby Sara Maung Chan That Village.

There is one old and gnarled tree that marked a corner of the former compound according

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THE MOST EGREGIOUS ELEMENT OF THIS CRIMINAL DECEIT IS THAT A BUDDHIST MAN IS BEING MURDERED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PHOTO WHERE YOU SEE THE GROUP OF MEN. Of the group of Buddhists who had to run for their lives, some were caught in the village and hacked to death with swords, the others ran to this hill, with Bengali Muslims chasing them, and sometimes catching a person and killing them. One man that was caught was a popular and dedicated schoolmaster, well-liked even by his Muslims students, whom he let ride his motorcycle. His name is Saya Maung Chan Tha, and his fellow teachers were among those on the hill who had to endure watching in horror as their leader was being hacked to death - by his young students, whose Islamic brainwashing was complete. Maung Chan Tha’s wife was also wounded severely, but managed to escape. I interviewed her.

Human Rights Watch was very deliberately trying to make people hate the Buddhists with this vile and malicious Crime Against Humanity, by dehumanizing the Buddhists. Most of us know that this violence is NOT what Buddhists would typically do, but it IS what very many Muslims to in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

ARG CAMP

About 6 miles from Maungdaw we turned othe road at a certain unmarked place. This is the camp of U Ba Aye’s relief group, where they have a workshop and eating and sleeping quarters. There is a very large Muslim village named Du Chi Yar Tan, just a quarter mile away and there are other Bengali Muslim villages surrounding the camp. At the camp there is always somebody at the lookout, and at night they have night guard shifts every 90 minutes. There are swords positioned around the camp, in case of attack, which has happened a few times. U Ba Aye and his members have no guns, and they don’t want them, unless the Bengalis start using guns against them. U Ba Aye lived in Japan for some years, and learned some samurai swordsmanship. He showed us some good defensive stances and moves. The most important thing is not to run - because then you have no defense. Two of U Ba Aye's men were hacked to death when they were caught with nothing to protect themselves with. The camp has repelled a couple of attacks with their skills. 5 men in imposing defensive postures held o50 or so Bengalis with swords who turned and ran when confronted by U Ba Aye’s greatly outnumbered but skillful men. These days it is much safer because most of the Bengalis are gone - but after losing two guys it is better to not let one’s guard down.

THE COURT BUILDING Then, shorty before entering the town we passed the unfinished new large court building for Maungdaw Township. This is where on the night of August 24, 2017, a Hindu family of 12 was driving home very late when they had to stop because of so many Bengalis, strangely, on the road. As Bengalis peered into the car they shouted, “HIndus! Kill them! Cut otheir heads!”

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THE MOST EGREGIOUS ELEMENT OF THIS CRIMINAL DECEIT IS THAT A BUDDHIST MAN IS BEING MURDERED

The driver screeched over to the big empty building under construction which they could see in the moonlight. All 12 of them scrambled into the building that they though was empty and they could hide, but immediately gunfire killed 6 of them, and wounded 2 others, and 4 kids ran in panic until they got to a nearby village police outpost just as it was coming under attack. The family, nor anyone, didn’t know that ARSA made that building a command center for the Aug 25 early morning attacks which were about to begin when the Hindu family drove up. Police, under attack, scrambled to the empty building, which the Bengali terrorists had just abandoned, and found 2 of the 8 Hindus badly wounded but alive, and bought them out and got them to Buthidaung hospital, an hour away. They were not going to risk taking them to Maungdaw hospital, a half mile away, which itself could be attacked at any minute. All of this was done at the same time as police were under attack in the darkness.

MAUNGDAW TOWN

Finally we got into town just before curfew. Our hotel is in a Buddhist section of town. The hotel was bare bones but we just slept there anyway. Food was good. There is a lot to do in Maungdaw, but the next day we will drive far away, and then back.

GOING NORTH to KHA MAUNG SEIK

The next morning we left while it was still dark, because it will take us 4-5 hours each way to drive an often rutted dirt road to Kha Maung Seik - the site of the Hindu massacres. Now that Amnesty International has come out (belatedly) with a report that charges the Bengali Muslims with this massacre and many other attacks and killings it is amazing to see the responses from the ‘Rohingya lobby’.

The driver screeched over to the big empty building under construction which they could see in

Kha Maung Seik is a cluster of 5 villages, 2 of which are (or were) Hindu. It was the one and only place where I had 2 Burmese soldiers with me. That was because only 24 hours prior to my arrival there, and only about half a mile away, a group of 6 Buddhists villagers fishing in the small river was attacked by Muslims waiting in ambush. 5 of them got away, but one didn’t, and it was a miracle that he (barely) survived. He was slashed and hacked, with major wounds on his arms, legs, and head, and then one Muslim plunged his sword into his chest, and lucky for the victim, the blade got caught between two ribs - so much so the Muslim tried but couldn’t get his sword out, and they fled. The Buddhist man, wounded as he was, had to pull the heavy sword out of his ribs himself, and then his comrades returned and carried him to the police outpost (where they

The driver screeched over to the big empty building under construction which they could see in

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gave me two soldiers) and he was transported 5 hours on that bumpy dirt road to Maungdaw Hospital. I visited the man in the hospital when I returned to Maungdaw that evening. He looked like a mummy, he had so many bandages. His tearful wife and kids were there with him, so thankful that he survived.

So the troops were with us for the hour that we walked around there, one stayed about 100 feet in front of us, and the other walked about 100 feet behind us - guns at the ready. This area is quite close to the border, and one week before, an army truck was ambushed as it hit landmines on the road, as well, there have been a lot of ambushes of villagers out there. Walking around the Hindu villages is eerie, you know that something terrible has happened there. And then, a mile away is the historic Hindu temple, which was also vandalized.

gave me two soldiers) and he was transported 5 hours on that bumpy dirt road to

SOUTH BACK TO MAUNGDAW TOWN

Now we had to judge our time carefully in order to get back to Maungdaw town before

curfew. There was time for some stops, for sure.

gave me two soldiers) and he was transported 5 hours on that bumpy dirt road to

BRIDGES

There are many of these types of wooden bridges in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung. Many of them were blown up during the Aug 25, 2017 attacks. That was during the middle of the monsoon, which dumps more rain on Rakhine State than any other state. With so many bridges blown up, there were many villages trapped, and often the army was stuck, not been able to cross many points with rivers raging. As well, the Bengali Muslims laid thousands of landmines. It was pointed out to me which bridges were blown up.

MORE MRO CAMPS

We stopped to visit more Mro refugee camps, and talked to more Mro people, who had more horrible incidents with the Bengali Muslims, who really seem to despise the simple gentleness of the Mro.

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gave me two soldiers) and he was transported 5 hours on that bumpy dirt road to

MUSLIM VILLAGES

Then, we stopped and talked to some Muslim villagers who stayed, and did not flee to Bangladesh, because their villages did not join in on the surprise multiple attacks of Aug 25, 2017. As they will tell you the Burmese Army actually had to defend those Muslim villages from the ARSA militants, who would have massacred their own Bengali Muslims and torched their villages!

I know many of the journalists who so arrogantly demand to be let loose there won’t believe it until they themselves hear it - and then they will still not believe it! This is one main reason I am allowed in, and others are not. Can you imagine the reactions of Phil Robertson, Matthew Smith, Maung Zarni, Nay San Lwin, Simon Billingness, Kirt Mausert and others, if they did interviews like this? They would destroy those interviews so fast, and all reference to them, and never mention those interviews to anybody!

MUSLIM VILLAGES Then, we stopped and talked to some Muslim villagers who stayed, and did not

MAJUHIDEEN HEADQUARTERS 1950s

MUSLIM VILLAGES Then, we stopped and talked to some Muslim villagers who stayed, and did not

As we continued south we stopped at a great view of the highest part of the Mayu Mountains. There is some fascinating history here. The headquarters of the Mujahideen Army - which the Bengalis formed in 1948 when their ultimatum to declare the region an Islamic State was delivered to and rejected by the brand- new government of Burma - was an impregnable fortress about 3/4 of the way up the clis. The notorious leader of the mujahideen (previous to that he was a member of a robber gang) was Bo Cassim, who waged war against any and all infidels. Under Cassim’s leadership the Mufhaideen controlled most of Arakan, by 1950 he had grown so strong that he attacked Maungdaw town itself, on two occasions. As executor of the Mujahid plan to drive out the Arakanese population and make way for Muslim immigration into the districts of northern Arakan, Cassim committed innumerable excesses. He burned villages, abducted women, robbed people for money and other valuables, and created a ring of terror in the area in which he operated. In 1951, when he suered reverses at the hands of the Government, he even took reprisals on the Muslim population, who he suspected of having gone over to the Government side. At that time, he was condemned publicly by the Muslim Organization of Maungdaw, the Jamiat-Ulema, who urged the Union Government to crush him as quickly as possible. In November 1954, the impregnable fortress headquarters was finally captured.

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From Burma’s newspaper THE NATION - Nov 9, 1954

‘OPERATION MONSOON’ SMASHES MUJAHID HQ ON MAYU RANGE

REBEL COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF KILLED IN FIERCE BATTLE

In a major offensive designated “Opera4on Monsoon” now being launched in Arakan, Burma, Army troops have succeeded in smashing the Mujahid headquarters on the western slopes of the Mayu range, killing the Muslim rebel commander, Colonel Shiba Rashid, and the Buthidaung Regional Commander, Colonel Abad.

Colonel Shiba Rashid, who was formerly one of the Mujahid’s Regional Commanders, was promoted to succeed the notorious Bo Cassim, when the later was arrested in ChiIagong. “Opera4on Monsoon” began on November 1, when Army units started a two-pronged drive along the eastern and western slopes of the Mayu Range, one column taking off from Buthidaung and the other other from Maungdaw.

From Burma’s newspaper THE NATION - Nov 9, 1954 ‘OPERATION MONSOON’ SMASHES MUJAHID HQ ON MAYU

First objec4ve of the Maungdaw column was Point 1440 which was aIacked at 7 AM on November 1. The Mujahids put up fierce resistance here. Despite heavy shelling from the Government side, the troops could make a liIle headway against the rebels who were well dug-in in bunkers. The strong point finally fell at 2:53 PM aZer an eight-hour baIle.

When the troops entered the mountain hideout they found six well-constructed barracks, heavy for4fica4ons, plen4ful food supplies, and five new cases of rifle and tommy gun ammuni4on containing some 7000 rounds.

The following day, November 2, saw dawn aIacks on Mujahid camps along the western slope of the Mayu Range. Points 714, 308 and 385 fell to the advancing army units in quick succession.

The final blow of the offense was struck on November 7 when the eastern and western columns converged on the Mujahid headquarters near the northern end of the Mayu Range. In this stronghold about 150 of the rebels were holding out, behind a baIery of heavy machine guns, which from the height of the encampment, commanded all approaches. “Opera4on Monsoon” troops had to call in the aid of mortars to silence the guns before they could take the posi4on.

Launching their assault at 7:30 AM they hoisted the union flag over the place four hours later.

(Notice, the term ‘Rohingya’ had not yet been invented, and therefore was not used.)

BACK IN MAUNGDAW TOWN

We barely made it back into Maungdaw by curfew, but we did. We cleaned up, ate, talked, thought, wrote, and then slept well. The next day we were busy all day (as usual) just around Maungdaw town and nearby places.

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VISITED PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEO MAN

I met cameraman - U Hla Shwe - who

took the only video of the sudden launch of Jihad here in Maungdaw on June 8, 2012. He is a fun, fascinating and energetic man. He shot this video of the Muslims pouring out of the mosque and swarming in 3 directions killing Buddhists, starting fires, and terrorizing Buddhists to flee. And, it was systematically planned - I have the evidence of that planning. Also, he took the video from his fathers home where the Muslims were throwing rocks at the windows of the Buddhist family and trying to break down the door to barge in and massacre everyone.

VISITED PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEO MAN I met cameraman - U Hla Shwe - who took the
VISITED PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEO MAN I met cameraman - U Hla Shwe - who took the

I went to the exact same locations that the videos were taken from, and talked to Buddhists who were terrified that day, and numerous times in the past, when Bengali Muslims would launch a pre-planned attack with the goal of eliminating and killing all remaining Buddhists, and any other infidels they find.

These two videos, taken by U Hla Shwe, were also used in a very devious manner by Al- Jazeera, Human Rights Watch, AFP and others. I made a video which exposed the subliminal brainwashing techniques that Al-Jazeera used and then passed on to other media to broadcast. Basically, they would show about 2 seconds of each clip while the announcer was saying such things as, ‘Buddhist mobs rampaging through the streets…’ and ‘Buddhist violence against the Muslims…’. They know that as a 2 second clip is shown, much of the Western world will not recognize that those are Muslim mobs, and Muslims violently throwing rocks at Buddhists. So, they are were intentionally shaping public opinion to see the Buddhists as the aggressors, and thereby foment a hatred towards them. This kind of subliminal brainwashing goes on in various parts of their media. Western media will then re-broadcast Al-Jazeera’s manipulated media, usually not knowing the sinister nature of the broadcasts, although in cases such as Human Rights Watch they would absolutely know of it, approve it, and may even be part of creating the deceit.

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SHWE ZARR BRIDGE

We headed over to Shwe Zarr - an outer part of Maungdaw town - where there is a bridge - the Shwe Zarr Bridge. It was right here, at the bridge, where a wanton genocide of Buddhists by Bengali Muslims was thwarted.

In 1988, on the anniversary date of the 1942 genocidal massacre of Buddhists in Maungdaw - May 13 - the very violent and extreme Islamic terrorist group called the Rohingya Liberation Organization (RLO) led tens of thousands of Muslims, which were to march into Maungdaw and slaughter all Buddhists. They first destroyed a large Buddhist Monastery and began to burn the wards populated by fleeing Buddhists, but they were stopped at the Shwe Zarr bridge from entering the main parts of the town.

SHWE ZARR BRIDGE We headed over to Shwe Zarr - an outer part of Maungdaw town

There were only a handful of Burmese troops at the bridge, with not even enough bullets to stop the huge mob. The mob halted at one end of the bridge and the troops opposed them but knew they didn’t even have enough bullets to fire warning shots. As the mob prepared to storm over the bridge one sharp-shooter soldier fired a single shot high into a coconut tree, and a coconut fell down onto the head of one of the Muslim leaders, most likely killing him. The mob freaked out and ran away and their genocidal plan was thwarted.

SHWE ZARR BRIDGE We headed over to Shwe Zarr - an outer part of Maungdaw town

SHWE ZARR HINDUS

A few minutes from the bridge is a beleaguered Hindu village surrounded by swelling Muslims villages. The Hindus there were thrilled to see us, and they told us their terrifying experiences and their fears. They showed us their temple, which has been ransacked so many times by the Muslims that they cannot even have statues of their deities anymore - because they are smashed so often, and they can’t aord to buy new ones.

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So, in the temple they only have pictures of the deities and tiles of their deities. And, even still, mobs of Muslims will barge into the village, break into the temple, destroy what they could, and shit and pee on everything. Disgusting.

VARIOUS BUDDHIST TEMPLES AND MONASTERIES

VARIOUS BUDDHIST TEMPLES AND MONASTERIES There were various Buddhist temples and monasteries around to stop at,

There were various Buddhist temples and monasteries around to stop at, I listened to the monks and asked questions, was shown beheaded Buddha statues, saw bullet holes in the buildings, etc. It is amazing - the deep hatred that Muslims have concerning statues, images, and any depictions of Buddha, Krishna, Shiva, Jesus, actually any ‘idol’. Why do they have to destroy the idols of other people with other faiths? The supremacism rampant in the Quran, and that which the shouting angry Mawlawis (Imams) smother their mosque attendees with is certainly NOT the best religion in the world, as they insist it is.

VARIOUS BUDDHIST TEMPLES AND MONASTERIES There were various Buddhist temples and monasteries around to stop at,

NEXT DAY - CROSS THE MAYU MOUNTAINS TO BUTHIDAUNG

The next morning we drove across the steep Mayu Mountains to Buthidaung. It’s not so far, and the road is quite good, probably the best stretch of road in the whole area. The jungle cover on the quite steep mountains is amazing. And, more amazing is the recounted stories that Buddhists tell of entire village populations having to climb over these mountains to the ‘safety’ of Buthidaung, during times of Muslim slaughters, especially the 1942 massacre. Looking at the sheer mountains one wonders how the heck people got across. I have heard some vivid and hair-raising accounts of those desperate treks across the May Mountains.

In 1942, in the wake of the wanton genocidal massacre of 30,000 Buddhists in Maungdaw, by Bengali Muslims, there were tens of thousands of Buddhists fleeing to Buthidaung for safety, or so they thought. The distance is not long - about 30 miles - but it is up and down a formidable mountain range - The Mayu Mountains - which are extremely steep and jungle covered.

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Large groups of several hundred people each would have to walk and climb with old people, women and children in the middle, and men and boys walking on the outside, displaying swords, knives, or clubs to keep the Muslim killers at bay. The Buddhists would shout, “Let us pass through, we don’t harm you, we are leaving here, don’t kill us, just let us go.” Even with that being said, sometimes large groups of Muslims would attack a group and overwhelm it, killing everyone they could.

Coming down from the mountains to Buthidaung, at the foot of the mountain, there was a large Muslim village that the Buddhist refugees would have to pass through. The path went by this mosque, now old and ruined. (It was ruined by a cyclone in 2010, and abandoned).

The Muslims at this village said such things as, “Welcome, we are friendly, don’t be afraid of us. You are almost to the town of Buthidaung, but rest here for awhile, eat some food with us, we are your friends. Put your things down here, you don’t need weapons right now, put your things down and come eat with us, you must be so hungry. Come in to the mosque, where we have food.”

The Rakhine people are simple honest Buddhists and they did as was suggested. They put down their goods and weapons, and walked into the mosque, and yes - there was food. The hungry and exhausted Buddhists were eating the food, and then all of a sudden many Muslims ran in with knives and swords and killed everyone.

Large groups of several hundred people each would have to walk and climb with old people,

Everyone, except one 17 year old boy who escaped the carnage. His name is U Shwe Tha Aung, and it was from him that I know of this tragedy. He died last year at 92 years old. He said the experience never left his mind - everyday, for the rest of his life, he recalled every detail of the horror.

BUTHIDAUNG

Buthidaung is a pleasant town right on the picturesque Mayu River. We went around the town to Buddhist monasteries where I interviewed many victims of the Bengali Muslims - hearing again and again about the terrifying sound of Bengali Muslims yelling, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ ‘Cut the heads othe Buddhists’, ‘All you Rakhine men will die, and your wives will be ours’, You don’t believe in Allah, so you must die’. And then, as the yelling got louder the Buddhist or Hindu village was invaded by hundreds of Muslims, with weapons, many of whom were wearing black masks. Terrified villages recounted how they had to flee in the chaos and darkness, with kids, babies, and elderly. Villagers who were caught by the Muslims were most often hacked to painful death. Villagers usually ran to the nearest security outpost, where the security forces would do their best to protect them as they themselves came under attack. Other villagers had to run into the Mayu mountains and hide for days, or even a week or more, with no food, no clean water, no cooking pots, until security forces could find them and escort them out to safety. And, other villagers were trapped, with bridges blown up

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by the Muslims, and landmines laid by the Muslims, they couldn’t go in any direction until being rescued by security forces.

I was shown the place on the Mayu river where a ship with hundreds of Buddhists - mostly women and children - capsized and sank drowning most of them. They were fleeing the 1942 massacre at the time and piled into the ship which then capsized, trapping the victims within. Nobody blames it on the Muslims directly, but indirectly it was because of the Muslim madness and violence.

by the Muslims, and landmines laid by the Muslims, they couldn’t go in any direction until
by the Muslims, and landmines laid by the Muslims, they couldn’t go in any direction until

RATHEDAUNG

We went by river boat to Rathedaung town - a

very pleasant town on the other side of the Mayu River, several hours by boat. There is a nice steep hill in the town with Buddhist pagodas, caves and monasteries all over it.

Buddhist have been, and still are, the majority in Rathedaung, unlike Maungdaw and Buthidaung where Muslims have become a majority because of the terror, supremacism and violence of the Muslims. I heard many more stories, spanning recent events to 1942 events, and did more interviews.

by the Muslims, and landmines laid by the Muslims, they couldn’t go in any direction until

GUDAUNG VILLAGE

We then took a small boat across the river and down about 5 or 6 miles to a fantastic place called Gudaung Village, where the awe inspiring (at least for all non-Muslims) Gudaung Buddhists caves are - which should be (along with several other sites) a UNESCO protected cultural treasure - which along with the astonishing amount of Buddhist relics, ruins, artifacts, and statues to be found up and down this land - convincingly proves the very deeply-rooted Buddhist nature of this land. In Arakan there are numerous Buddhist caves, which are unique only to Arakan - a distinctive style, and they need to be recognized and protected (primarily from Muslim destruction) as treasures of humanity.

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However, besides the glories of the caves, there is a tragic side to Gudaung. On June 19, 2012, the large village was attacked by Bengali Muslims, which left 10 Rakhine Buddhists dead, and in pieces.

Hundreds of Bengali Muslims came across the fields from their very large village. Some of them reached part of Gudaung and set it ablaze. Many men and boys had to stand in front of the village and try to prevent the Bengalis from reaching the village and starting more fires.

The Muslims were yelling such things as,

“Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is the Greatest),

However, besides the glories of the caves, there is a tragic side to Gudaung. On June

“Maug Kara Hiri” (Cut the Heads othe Buddhists), “This is Islamic land, you are infidels, go away or we kill you.” Buddhist boys and men had to grab anything to use as a weapon, and even if they had no desire to fight, they had to protect their women, children and elderly, as well as the village. For hours mobs of Muslims tried to break through the Buddhist lines of defense, with their swords, and tried again and again to burn the village. Those who could not fight - old people, women, and children - had to flee for temporary safety to the back of the village. Finally some security forces came from Rathedaung, and the fighting was stopped.

But then, towards the end of the day, the Buddhists realized that ten men and boys were missing. Some of them wanted to search for them immediately, but the policemen said “No, it is too dangerous now, in the approaching darkness.” The next day they searched all around, with the policemen, for protection. Finally they went to the very large Muslim village, where the aggressors had come from, to search. They noted that the village had a moat around it, with water, mud and broken glass in it. After they entered the village, with the security forces, they found a fresh grave, under a Muslim house, with parts of the bodies of their missing people. Then they found another grave, also under a Muslim house, and then another.

However, besides the glories of the caves, there is a tragic side to Gudaung. On June

All of the 10 missing men and boys were dead, hidden, and buried under the houses of the Bengalis. Many of the heads were cut o, and many arms and legs were cut o. Some graves had no heads, and some had several heads - it was completely horrific.

The villagers of Gudaung cannot comprehend why those Bengali Muslims follow such an evil death cult - Islam. It is incomprehensible to them - and to most non-Muslims of the world.

However, besides the glories of the caves, there is a tragic side to Gudaung. On June

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BACK TO SITTWE

We took another 2 hour boat ride, and then a vehicle for another hour or two, and arrived

back to Sittwe. It was truly an eye-opening experience, a discovery of truth and fact.

Rick Heizman June 15, 2018

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