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INTERVIEWS by RICK HEIZMAN

with HINDU VICTIMS


in MAUNGDAW and BUTHIDAUNG TOWNSHIPS
in September 2017, January, 2018, and October 2018

Razam Dura - Hindu


from Shwe Zarr Village (outskirt of Maungdaw town),
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed in Hindu refugee camp in Sittwe,
September 2017
(Hindu man 2a)

My name is Razam Dura. I am a shopkeeper. When I


came back from buying things at the market for my shop
Bengali Muslims stopped me. They took my things and
attacked me with swords and sticks. I have many wounds
on my back.

I came back to my village and told my villagers that Bengalis beat me and that they told me
that they would kill Hindus first. The villagers then decided to leave the village and go into
the town for safety. Our village has no security and is surrounded by many Bengali villages.

Then we called the authorities to send security for us. We fled our village with the help of
security forces. Some of our villagers stayed in temporary camps. Some of us came here, to
Sittwe.

We have lost everything. We came here only with our children. We do not want to go back.
We don't want to live together with Bengalis. This is what we feel. We will live here [with
Buddhists in Sittwe].

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Razam Dura - Hindu
from Shwe Zarr Village (outskirt of Maungdaw town),
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Maungdaw town,
October 2018
(Hindu man 2b)

I first interviewed him in September 2017, in a Hindu


refugee camp in Sittwe]

I am from Shwe Zarr village. My name is Razam Dura. I


went to the market past the corner of the road to buy some
things. When I was on the way back home Muslim fanatics
encountered me. They asked me, “Where are you taking the things?” I said I am taking these
food items to make meals for our family. They said, “You can’t have it!” and knocked me
down. They beat me with sticks and stabbed me. When I shouted, “Why are you doing this?”
another one tried to beat me. At that time I managed to get away, and ran through the paddy
fields. When I was trying to escape through the paddy field, the Muslims surrounded me and
watched me. As I was going back to my village other villagers asked, “What happened?” to
me. I said, “Nothing happened.”

When I arrived back in my own village I told the other Hindu villagers what had happened.
We gathered in the village and phoned MaYaKha (Township administrative office). The
authorities told us to be ready and said they would take us away from there with security
vehicles. After 3 days security forces arrived and took us away. The security forces
interviewed us about the trouble. We were so afraid because we heard that Fora villagers
were killed and Fora village was completely destroyed. Bengali terrorists also came around
where we were then, fired guns and threatened us. We were not be able to stay there either.
So, we went to Sittwe. In Sittwe, we stayed in a Hindu temple / refugee camp. We were
provided medical treatment and I recovered from my wounds. After we were kept there for
one or two months, we were told to go back to Shwe Zarr Village. The Muslims said, “If you
come to back to Shwe Zarr Village, we shall hack you into pieces. Don’t come back here.”
Our houses were totally looted.

How can we go back together with our young children? We decided not to go and we are
staying in a refugee camp. We survive with the rations provided by the government, and we
stay like this here. We do not know what will happen in the future. The villagers are afraid
because the terrorists are looking for us. When the villagers are afraid, what we can do? We
just stay in the town.

Where can we go with our young children? We cannot go to Shwe Zarr Village because we
become frightened just seeing Muslims. The government and our Hindu leader also told us
to stay here and said they would see what they could do. My stab injury is already healed.
But, we are afraid to go to Shwe Zarr village. How can we survive with our young children
among the Muslims? There are many extremists around our Shwe Zarr village. We cannot

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make our living because of many difficulties. The children cannot go to school. Our houses
and belongings were taken by terrorists.

The Muslims use this way to occupy the country. They beat us, hack us, and intimidate us to
flee, and then they seize our lands.

Nowadays the Bengali Muslim villages are huge - it’s like 10 villages in one village. How can
we live near the Muslims?

Unknown name - Hindu


from Nan Do La Village, near Shwe Zarr,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed in Nan Do La
September 2017
(Hindu man 1)

We have a small Hindu village, with about 64 homes, at the


edge of Maungdaw town. It has become surrounded by large
Bengali Muslim villages. There is no market to buy the basic
things like salt, chili peppers, cooking oil and vegetables, so
we have to go through the big Muslim villages to a section where Buddhists have a market.
The Muslim villages will not even sell us these basic necessities. They say such thing as,
“You and the Buddhists get along, so don’t bother us you filthy Hindus. We don’t sell things
to infidels like you.”

We cant’s go alone through the Muslim Villages, it is too dangerous. Last year a Hindu man
went alone and he was beaten severely. He even pleaded with them, “I have 4 sons and my
wife to care for, please don’t kill me.” But, as he was being badly beaten he managed to
break away and ran back to the Hindu village. His fellow villagers were upset again with the
Bengalis, but could not do anything except dress the wounds of the man.

When there is trouble we feel very unsafe. We can’t run in any direction because we are
surrounded by Bengalis. The Bengalis periodically run into the village, scaring the Hindu
people away with taunts of violence, such as, “You idol-worshippers only deserve death, go
away, never come back, our knives are for you!” They barge into our Hindu temple. They
destroy our statues, and even pictures of our deities on the wall. They shit on our holy things,
and pee all over. It is so disgusting. They have broken our statues so many times - that is
why we have no statues anymore - we only have pictures and tiles of our deities, and they
will destroy them also, but at least we can buy more for just a small amount of money.

We don’t feel safe here anymore, we are really scared. And they are constantly threatening us
with death - because we are Hindu, and they hate our statues and deities. There are no
security guards here, no protection at all. We are surrounded by hateful Muslims that will kill
all of us someday. If the Burmese government can find a safe place for us we will move
there. We do not want to live here anymore. We can’t live in fear of our lives. We have been
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here for many generations, a long time ago there were just Buddhists, and maybe just a few
Muslims. But, the Muslim population increased so much - by using violence. We are
attached to our land here, but now we will gladly move for a safe future.

We hope the government can bring us to a safe place to live with the Buddhists, we always
live peacefully with Buddhists, but not with Bengali Muslims. We do not want to live even
near them. If they can’t find a peaceful place for us then they need to put a police station
here, with a lot of security forces, and only then can we live here, where our roots are. Our
only skill is that we traditionally make jewelry - that is what we know. But, we are surrounded
by hostile Muslims, and it is difficult for us to sell jewelry and to buy the supplies we need to
make it. We have no real education, and no economic opportunity.

If I go to Yangon, maybe I can work hard everyday and make some money - but I cannot
leave my family here - I must be here to protect them. Our lives here are very difficult - very
difficult and dangerous.

Nirmaul - Hindu
from Maungdaw town,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Maungdaw town,
October 2018
(Hindu man 3)

My name is Nirmaul. My position is the Chairman of Hindu


religion in Maungdaw.

On August 25, 2017, many of our Hindus were killed, in many


places of Maungdaw, when the violence erupted. They were killed in Bo Ta Lar. We know the
details of that massacre. In Kha Maung Seik, two villages of Hindus, including babies and
women were taken to the hills of Bo Ta Lar Village and executed. 99 Hindus were
slaughtered there.

8 women and 8 children were saved after they were forced to convert to Islam. After they
were kidnapped and taken to Bangladesh, they were forced to lie against the government,
the military and the Rakhine Buddhists. They were threatened and forced to say that the
military, the Rakhine Buddhists, and the Border Guard Police forces killed them - if anyone
asked them who did it. The Muslim extremists threatened the Hindu ladies that they would
be hacked to death if they did not lie like this.

On August 28, at 4 pm, Mawlawis [Imams] interviewed them, and they told the lies that they
were threatened to say, and then they posted the interviews on facebook. I found the news
on facebook. When I saw the story on facebook, I saw that the women of Fakira Bazar [old
name of Kha Maung Seik] were saying those things. So, I requested some Hindus in
Bangladesh, “8 Hindu women in Kutupalong refugee camp said those accusations. They may

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have a motive to say it like that. If these women are not saved within 2 to 4 hours, we might
not get any clues about what happened to our Hindus."

After I requested for help like this, the Hindus in Bangladesh found them and took them from
the Muslim house to the Hindu community. After they arrived in the Hindu community, at 7
pm, I talked to them. They said, "All the Hindus from the 2 villages were killed and they were
forced to convert to Islam to remain alive." I asked them, "Why, in the interview, did you
accuse the military and Buddhists?" They said, "If we did not say that, we would be killed.
That is why. We had to say that."

I requested the Hindus there to protect them and I also said that I would cooperate
effectively with the authorities to bring them to safety. I asked the 8 ladies to tell us the
locations of where the villagers were gathered and tied, and where they were force-marched,
and where they were hacked, stabbed and shot to death.

They said, “We were taken from the western part of the village to the hill near Bo Ta Lar
Village, and we were forced into a cowshed. Next to the cowshed there is a field - all the
Hindu villagers were forced to sit in the field. The men were on one side, women and kids on
the other side. The Muslim extremists broke our Hindu women's bracelets, wiped the Hindu
tika mark off our foreheads, and forced us to convert to Islam. All the other people were
tortured and hacked to death there. If you check that place, you can find all the dead bodies.”

After that I asked for help from the authorities and on September 23, 2017, I arrived in Kyein
Chaung. On Sept 24, I found the broken bracelets and the place where the women were
forced to sit. I found two mass graves. We found 12 dead bodies in one grave, and 16 dead
bodies in another grave. These 28 dead bodies of Hindus were removed from those graves
on September 24. They were the children and the women only. We did not find the dead
bodies of the elder and young men. So, I phoned them again. They told me, "The women
and children were taken to one side of the stream, and the men were taken to the other side
of the stream to be executed. After the Muslim extremists killed the elder Hindu men, they
showed us the swords and knives dripping with fresh blood."

The Muslim extremists said, “We made your husbands to sleep forever and we shall also
make you sleep forever. Who will marry us? If you marry us, we will save your lives. If not, we
will not save your lives.” The Hindu ladies said, ”We had to agree to marry Muslim men to
save our lives and our children's lives." I asked them again, "From which direction did they
come to show us the blood-covered knives?" They replied, "They came from the eastern
direction to show us the bloody knives."

When I went searching in the eastern direction, together with Mro ethnic people, the military,
and the Border Guard Police forces on September 25, we found two more mass graves. 14
dead bodies of men were in one grave, and 3 dead bodies of men in another grave were
found. All together 17 dead bodies were found and all are our fellow Hindus. The media and
other groups also came to document it. The authorities also checked details to verify
whether they are Hindus or not. They checked all marks on the bodies. One of our Hindus
identified his father's body, another one recognized his brother, and another one identified a
relative. We put the names besides the dead bodies.

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We Hindus are very close to the Muslims in Myanmar in many ways. Previously we Hindus
lived close together with Muslims rather than Rakhine because our Bengali language is the
same as the Muslims and our appearance is like the Muslims. In a Muslim village there might
be 2-5 Hindu homes. We did not have an idea in our minds that they would attack us. We
had heard about the Islamic militant group, ARSA, which was recruiting Muslim men in all the
Muslim villages. We honestly thought that they had no plan to harm the Hindus. We never
told the authorities about it. If the Muslims end up occupying the land, or the country, we
can't say anything about it, we just have to live with it. We thought that they were revolting
against the authorities and the country.

If we side with the authorities and the country we will be hacked to death. if we side with the
Muslims we might also suffer. That is the way that we have lived peacefully among the
Muslims - we can't say anything. We did not know they would harm us Hindus the way that
they did.

Their motive to attack us Hindus is to finish one of the minorities so that we don't exist here
anymore. There are not many Hindus here. Only 0.7% [around 5,000 people] of the total
population in all of Maungdaw Township is Hindu. We are not even 1%. If they kill this 0.7 %,
our existence here is finished. This is their motive, their plan. I myself became aware of their
intention and saw this unfolding since their militant movement started in 2012. Even though
we became aware of this, we ignored it and thought that they would not harm us because
we live together with them.

They exterminated all Hindus in Kha Maung Seik. The Muslim extremists surrounded Hindus
near Tai Ta No junction intending to kill them. When they were trapped, they urgently phoned
me. I said, "find a way to escape in order to save your lives." They crossed a raging stream
beside the village, and climbed a small mountain. On the other side of the mountain is the
border of Bangladesh. If they stayed on the Myanmar side of the border they would be
hacked to death. That is why the Hindus from Tai Ta No junction escaped into Bangladesh
and stayed in a temporary shelter. Some of the familiar Muslims even called two of our Hindu
men to come back over the border and get their cattle, and they went, but it was a trick, and
they were hacked to death there.

The son of the person that you just interviewed was also killed by the Muslims in Bo Daung.
Hindus in Faran Phyu, also known as Pwin Phyu Village have been living there for a long
time. The Muslims surrounded them preparing to slaughter them. Luckily, they phoned us
quickly. We urgently requested the military rescue them, and the military was able to save
them. A Hindu father and daughter, who both were barbers, were also killed in Zam Bon Nya
village. In Taung Pyo, there was only one Hindu. When they found him, they killed him. In Tai
Ta No junction there was an old woman, age 85, who couldn't be taken as the villagers
escaped across the stream and crossed into Bangladesh. The Muslims killed her. Our Hindus
were hacked to death everywhere.

What did we do against Muslims? We did not even disturb them. In the world, is there
justice?

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The Muslim extremists are struggling to occupy this land. We have nothing, but our Hindus
were killed. We are afraid to live in 4 or 5 houses here and there among their villages. That is
why we have a request for the government. We do not have strength. If we live in 5 houses
here and 10 houses there, we shall be killed again when future incidents happen like this. If
we can live together in one area, even on roadside land, we think we can protect ourselves
by being together.

We request that the government allow us to live in one area near downtown Maungdaw. We
worked together with the Muslims before. Now, we also can work together with them
everywhere, when the situation is peaceful, but it would be good for our Hindus to live in one
area together. We request this from the government.

We were allowed by the government to live here [in a refugee camp near downtown
Maungdaw] and we are peaceful. There is no fear here. We were told to go back to the same
villages where we lived before, but we could not go back because of the violent acts that
had happened against us. If the government tells us to go back to the previous villages, it
would be better for us to just kill us here. Now, when the international media comes here to
interview us, we answer like this, and some of the Muslims extremists hate us even more. It
is because they thought that we support the government and say wrong things like this. We
are not biased towards the government, and we do not cause the Muslims to lose anything.
We just state the truth - as we had suffered it.

We have been living here since our ancestors existed here. We live under the law of the
government. We obey what the government says, accept what the government gives us, and
we do what the government asks. We do not have strength to occupy the land and to do
politics. We have suffered greatly and we hope the government and the international
community can bring justice according to law for the suffering that we have endured.

Our population is only over 4,000 or nearly 5,000 population in the entire township of
Maungdaw. If we can live all together in one area, it would be better. We consider that such
violence will happen again in the future because we have fear in our minds when we see
insults online and on facebook. If we are allowed to live together, even in bamboo houses,
we hope we can have peace of mind.

We struggle for our livelihood in Myanmar to save our lives and the children lives. We do not
depend on other countries such as India. Our grandparents, and parents were from this
place, we were born here, and we shall die here.

According to our religion, we have the principles to love, and to live in the same place where
we were born. This is what I tell our people here. We hope the government will have love and
compassion for us too. If the government does not have love and compassion for us, we will
have to flee somewhere else.

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Rika - Hindu
from Kha Maung Seik Village Tract,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Buthidaung town, October 2018
(Hindu woman 1)

My name is Rika, I am 28 years old, from Kha Maung Seik


Hindu Village. About 8 am, on August 25, 2017, many armed
Bengali Muslims stormed into our village. They gathered all of
us - men, women, even children - in the village center, and they
took all the phones from us Hindus, and tied our hands with
rope. Some of us were then beaten with heavy sticks.

They called us Buddhists [even though they are Hindu, but that is their way to demonize
because the Hindus get along fine with Buddhists] They proclaimed that they will kill not only
Buddhists and Hindus, but all the ethnic minorities - the Diagnet, Mro, Thet, and Khami
people as well.

Then they blindfolded us - men and women - and knocked us down into the dirt and beat us
badly. The Muslims took all the jewelry off of us, and from our homes. They shouted that they
did not want any Hindu people here. And they continued beating us.

I asked, “Why do you want to kill us?” They said,"This is our land now, and we don't want
any infidels here, this land is for Muslims only. You Hindu people are friends with the
Buddhists - same spirit - so we will kill you”, they also said.

From Kha Maung Seik Village they forced all of us to march to Bo Ta Lar Bengali Muslim
Village, about 3 miles away. They took us there in a long line - first were all the men in the
front of the line, and then the women and children. The Muslims taunted and tormented us
by shouting, "This year we will celebrate our Karbani Islamic holy day by killing Hindus and
Buddhists." [Note: Karbani is a part of the Islamic Eid ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) where
countless sheep, goats, and cows have their necks cut creating rivers of blood]

After we arrived in Bo Ta Lar Village they marched us into the forest. [They selected 8
younger attractive ladies whom they intended to convert, kidnap, and forcibly marry] First
they executed the Hindu men and pushed the bodies into pre-dug pits in the ground, even
as they forced other Hindu men to dig more pits. Then, the next group of people they
slaughtered were the old Hindu women - who were hacked to death with Muslim swords.

The Muslims showed us 8 women the bloody swords, to show us that we would be next to
be hacked to death if we did not agree to convert to Islam.

According to our Hindu custom, a married women wears a red dot (tika) on her forehead,
and silver bracelets. But, the Muslims men told us to change into the Muslim clothes. The
Muslims erased the tika and cut off our silver bracelets, and gave us Muslim burqas to wear.

They said to us 8 women, "You are Buddhist.” [actually Hindu, but the Muslims see Hindus
and Buddhists as somewhat the same] “If you follow Buddhism [Hinduism] we will kill you. If
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you change to Islam then you will remain alive." They also asked, "Do you love me?" Of
course, we had to say yes, or else we, and our children would be slaughtered.

The next morning the Muslims tried to burn another village - Kha Thay Village - but as they
got close to the village all of a sudden a military helicopter flew overhead.

Actually I didn't know what was going to happen at any point. When they decided to go to
Bangladesh I pleaded with them, "Don't leave me here. Please take us to Bangladesh with
you. I will become Muslim, and I will marry you." And then, they also asked, "Will you marry
me?" And again we had to say yes or else we should die right there. Then they put us 8
women and our children in a small house.

I think they forced us to wear the burqas also because if other local people saw us they
would recognize us, so that is why they forced us to wear the burqas - because then we are
nobody. So, they changed plans and we were forced to start marching with them to the
border and into Bangladesh.

[Note: She had just experienced the unimaginable horror of the executions of over 100
Hindus she knew - including her husband, her parents, her brothers and sisters, her
grandparents, her relatives…… and she did not want to be next]

From 3 pm we walked, until the next morning, but we had not yet reached the border, it's a
long way. There were many obstacles, it was monsoon season, and we had to slog through
flooded fields and treacherous forest. Sometimes we wanted to stop and rest - mainly for the
kids sake - but the Muslims would beat us and curse us, and force us to continue.

Finally we arrived in Bangladesh, and entered Kutupalong Refugee Camp. There was a
Bengali house that we were put in. At that time some Mawlawis [Imams] from Bangladesh
came and told us, "If somebody asks you about Kha Maung Seik deaths, you will tell them
that Burmese army troops and Rakhine villagers killed all the Hindus.” The Mawlawis told us,
strongly, "You must lie, you will say that the Hindus were killed by the military as well as
Rakhine Buddhists, and if you don't say that you and your children will die - painfully."

I had to tell that lie. Some Bangladesh media came, and I told them that lie. I knew that we
all would be killed - even the children - if I didn't lie. So, this media got on Facebook quickly,
and some of the Hindus in Maungdaw saw it, and knew who we were. Some of them
crossed the border secretly into Bangladesh, and they found us in the refugee camp. When
the Hindu men found the house where we were being kept they were lucky. The Muslim men,
at that moment, were at the mosque, so the Hindu men were able to talk to us and take us
away from there. The Bengali men were away most of the day because besides going to the
mosque they went back into the forest near the border where they had hid some food and
cows that they had stolen in Myanmar.

The Hindu men took the Hindu ladies to a Hindu house, but later in the day, as the Muslims
figured out what had happened, many Muslims came and surrounded the Hindu house -
about 600-1000 Bengali Muslims surrounded the house. The Muslims shouted, "Those ladies
already proclaimed their submission to Islam. They are not Hindu anymore. Why did you
come here and take them away?"

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Then the Muslims began to attack and tried to kill the Hindu men. Fortunately the Hindus
had just called the Bangladesh police who arrived just then. After the police arrived the
danger was lessened. The police took all of us Hindus to the police station where we all
stayed for 2 days for protection.

Then, some Hindu citizens of Bangladesh came and they took all of us away to a Hindu
temple. The Hindu priest confirmed that we were true Hindus that had been kidnapped from
Myanmar. Then, with the help of authorities we were returned to Myanmar.

When I got back to Myanmar, I showed the authorities the place where my husband, and all
the Hindu men, women, and children were executed. I told the authorities how many of the
Hindu victims were executed and dumped in the pits and buried, but also a lot were killed in
the river, and those are the unaccounted bodies.

Altogether about 108 Hindus were killed, but only 45 dead bodies were uncovered, the rest
were dumped in the river [which is very full and fast at that time of the year].

I was not happy even for one second in Bangladesh. U Ni Maung - a Hindu leader in
Maungdaw - helped us a lot to get out of Bangladesh.

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Bina - Hindu
from Kha Maung Seik Village Tract,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Buthidaung town, October 2018
(Hindu woman 2)

The Bengali Muslim attack on Kha Maung Seik started Friday,


Aug 25, 2017. About 8 am, Kha Maung Seik was surrounded
by hundreds of Bengali Muslims. They grabbed all the men,
women, and children and tied their hands, and blindfolded
them. Then they took all the mobile phones and all the
women's jewelry, and beat many of the captives.

The Bengali Muslims taunted us by saying that they will cut all of our Hindu peoples necks in
celebration of Kirabani - the Islamic Eid festival where they cut the necks of countless
animals.

The Muslims forced the Hindus to walk to the forest on the west side of the village, near Bo
Ta Lar Village. There was a small cowshed there where they put me and 7 other young Hindu
girls, and our children. The men were all led somewhere else nearby, and the other women
and children were also led somewhere else. Some of the Muslims were digging a large hole
in the ground. And some Muslims told us that if we don't convert from Hindu to Muslim we
will be killed - “We will kill you”, they said. The Bengalis told us 8 women, "If you change to
Islam we will not kill you but if you refuse we will kill you." We had to say yes, and we did say,
"we will become Muslim."

But, aside from we 8 women, all the other Hindus were executed - they were not even given
a choice.

After they killed all the Hindus, they took us to Bo Ta Lar Village where there was a house,
owned by a Muslim named Rawfee, and we 8 women and children were kept there.

On Sunday, Aug 27, they took us across the border into Bangladesh. On the way there we
were beaten many times. It was difficult to walk with the young children and it was raining a
lot, and muddy and flooded. As the Muslims got irritated at our slow going, they nearly
decided to just kill us. We had to plead with them not to kill us and told them, "Don't kill us,
now we are with you, so believe us, we are Muslim now."

As we got to Bangladesh they told us that probably media will come to interview us. But, you
must only say that Rakhine people and the army slaughtered everyone in your village, and
we Muslims saved your lives. If you don't say that we will kill all of you.

When we arrived in Bangladesh other Bengali people asked our captors, "Why did you bring
these Hindu girls here?" They said, "We will change them from Hindus to Muslims."

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Shara Shati- Hindu
from Kha Maung Seik Village Tract,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Sittwe, Sept 2017
(Hindu woman 3)

On August 25, 2017, at 3:00 am so many Bengali


terrorists stormed into our village, and everyone jumped
out of bed and were so frightened. I was at my mother-in-
law’s village nearby. I woke up and heard the commotion
from my village nearby. Bengalis were coming to attack this village after attacking my home
village.

I jumped up and grabbed my son and fled quickly. Me and my son were alone so the
Bengalis didn’t see us. It would have been easy to catch me because I was eight months
pregnant, and could not run fast.

I fled into the darkness to the security outpost and then the security outpost was attacked by
Bengalis, and security personnel had to escape, and they brought me to a bigger security
outpost. I was so pregnant that they flew me in a helicopter to the Army headquarters, and
then went to Buthidaung by bus, and after that to the safety of Sittwe.

I had my baby on September 1, just one week after the attacks. I have no idea what
happened to all my family, relatives, and my village. I was so distraught. I did not see them
the Hindu refugee camps and I did not hear anything from them. I was so worried.

Then I started hearing that everyone in my village, and other Hindu villages, were brutally
killed by the Bengalis. I also started to hear that only eight girls survived, because they were
young and pretty and unmarried, and they were forced to convert to Islam or die. And, they
were taken across the border into Bangladesh.

Those 8 girls are my relatives, and the Bengalis planned for them to marry Muslim men.
Fortunately the Bangladesh Border Guards separated them from the men who kidnapped
them.

Altogether there were 23 people killed and me and my young son and my new baby are the
sole survivors from my village. When the Bengalis attacked I ran out with only the clothes I
was wearing. Our homes were set on fire. I could see everything burning as I fled.

Today I learned that the bodies of my parents, my husband, and my villagers were found
buried. I lost my husband, and other relatives, and villagers, and my house and my cow and
my gold jewelry. Everything is gone, everything.

Why do the Bengali Muslims do this to us? Why do they kill us like this? We Hindu people
don't make any problem with Muslims. We live peacefully with other people. How can the
Bengalis be this cruel? We don't want these kind of people near us.

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Than Than Nu
from Kha Maung Seik Village Tract,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Maungdaw, Sept 2017
(Hindu woman 5)

[Kha Maung Seik Village tract contains 5 villages. 2 small


villages are Taung Ywa and Ye Baw Kya Villages which are
Hindu. The other 3 much larger villages are Bengali Muslim
‘Rohingya’]

I work as a teacher in Nga Yant Chaung Village. Bengali Muslims came to our village on
August 25, two villagers were hacked and severely wounded, but did not die. The Bengalis
blocked our village paths, and all exits. We hide in a house.

Afterwards policemen from Nga Yant Chaung Police Outpost came and rescued us. They
took us to the outpost. We stayed there for 10 days.

The terrorists attacked the police outpost many times, during the day, at night and at dawn.
The security personnel protected us.

The Bengalis burnt everything, including our houses and shops. All I had is only one set of
clothes. I stayed for 10 days with one set of clothes and struggled for food.

After 10 days, soldiers came and took us to the bigger Kha Maung Seik Police Outpost. So,
we stayed there for 10 days, then we arrived here in Buthidaung to the camp.

All the villagers from Kha Maung Seik's Taung Ywa and Ye Baw Kya villages, including old
men, women, and babies were brutally murdered.

The dead bodies of children less then 5 years old had almost disappeared into the soil.

45 bodies were unearthed. Among them, 4 are my relatives. They are my aunt, her husband,
her son and her grandson. The body of a 5 year old baby was found in a box.

I saw these things with my own eyes.

My aunt and her husband were brutally tortured in many ways and also my nephew was
tortured first and killed after the Bengalis broke his legs and hands.

The bodies of other children maybe dead, maybe alive, have not been recovered yet. We
also found 3 or 4 dead bodies from Ye Baw Kya Village.

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A Hindu Lady, name unknown
from near Kha Maung Seik village,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed in Hindu Refugee Camp, Sittwe, Sept 2017
(Hindu woman 6)

[She does not speak Burmese, or the local Arakanese language.


A Hindu man next to her translates into Arakanese.]

My husband and other Hindus worked as goldsmiths in


downtown Maungdaw. None of us knew anything about the
coming violence.

My village was attacked in the early morning of August 25, by


Bengali Muslims. 12 of my family members had been in the
village during the attack. The Bengali terrorists had guns and
swords. 6 of our family members, out of 12 of us, were killed. I
was also shot and wounded with a gun. Some of us hid in
empty petrol drums.

After the Bengalis left I was taken to Buthidaung Hospital and stayed there a week for
treatment. Then I was sent to Sittwe Hospital for further treatment. After 10 days at Sittwe
Hospital I moved here to the Hindu refugee camp in Sittwe. I don’t know what to do now. It is
up to the authorities to stop this horrible violence. The 6 killed were family members from
two households. My husband and my daughter were savagely killed. My sister-in-law was 8
months pregnant when she was hacked to death. I am too frightened to even see a Bengali
face now.

In nearby Kha Maung Seik Village, all of the Hindu villagers were killed except 8 young Hindu
ladies. Those 8 young Hindu ladies were all married, except one of them. Their husbands
were killed and they were forced to see their tortured and mutilated bodies. They were told to
convert to Islam or die. In shear fright they agreed to convert. The Bengalis were going to kill
their children and babies. They said if you do that we will not convert and you can kill us too.
The children of those 8 girls were spared.

All of them were kidnapped and taken to Bangladesh where they would become a Muslim
wife of a Muslim man. In Bangladesh they were forced to say, in an interview, that they were
attacked by Rakhine Buddhists and Government forces. This is wrong. This is the way the
Bengalis were twisting the news. The girls said that because they were threatened with
torturous death, and they were severely frightened.

In Zin Bine Nyar village of Maungdaw, a hairdresser and his daughter are missing and
believed to have been killed.

And, all the villagers from O Htine hamlet of Thit Tone Na Kwa Sone Village, next to the
border, had to flee to Bangladesh because they were surrounded on all other sides by
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Bengali villages, and there were no security forces able to protect them. About 495 Hindu
refugees are now in Bangladesh. An old women was left behind because she couldn't walk,
and we all had to flee in panic. We heard the village has been burned. There is nothing left.
After the Hindus arrived in Bangladesh, Bengali terrorists kidnapped 12 Hindu men and beat
and tortured them. Two of them were brutally killed, one of their bodies was found, and one
is still missing.

In Kyauk Pan Du village - a historic Hindu place - our treasured and historic Hindu temples
were destroyed. At that place a Hindu man named Ah Ra Daung was murdered by Bengali
Muslims. The village houses have been burned and now those villagers are here at this
refugee camp in Sittwe now.

Hindu man, name unknown


from Taung Ywa Village, Kha Maung Seik Village Tract,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed Taung Ywa, Sept 2017
(Hindu man 6)

[This Hindu man was one of the only survivors of a Hindu


village in Rakhine State, in which the Islamic terrorists
herded the people together and tortured and executed
almost everybody - women, children, men and elderly. He
survived because he had been staying in the town of
Maungdaw, several hours away that evening.]

[This interview was conducted by my colleagues Ko Ba Aye and Ko Than Shwe, who were
some of the first people into Kha Maung Seik after the horrendous executions]

We, the people of Taw Ywar Village, with over 100 people, were killed by Bengali

Terrorists. Four members of my family were killed here. They KILLED us.

They took all our belongings as well as some jewelry and destroyed our family photos and
monastery photos as you can see. I am a volunteer helper for the monastery.

At that time, I was in Maungdaw and that’s why I survived. The rest of my family were all
slaughtered by Bengali terrorists. And one of my family members, my brother-in-law’s wife
was kidnapped and taken to Bangladesh by those terrorists along with 8 women. We still
haven’t heard any news about her.

When I arrived home just now, I could see it has been destroyed. The photos of my family
and the monastery are all ruined.That’s all I got after I have come here at great danger as I

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would like to see my home no matter what. Four people out of my five family members were
killed and one was taken to Bangladesh and the only one who is left here is me.

There were 120 people who were killed by Bengali terrorists in this village. When I heard
about the massacre I searched for our people with the help of the police and the port office.
U Ni Maung who is from a village nearby us in Maungdaw Township went to Sittwe and
asked for help from the officials. So we went into the woods with many people and searched
for the victims.

On the first day of searching, we found 28 dead bodies including both adults and children.
The dead body of my mother, YaKaMa, was one of them. We also found other Hindu people.
We know they are Hindu people, looking at the bracelets and necklaces they are always
wearing as is the custom. Hindu women also wear the Sari as is their custom.

Q – So how many members of your family were killed?

A – My mother, father, younger brother and my daughter. Altogether four people from

my family.

Q – How about your wife?

A – She survived. We both visited Maungdaw at that time and survived from that

massacre. The rest were all killed. The ones who were not killed by them were taken

to Bangladesh by the Bengali Muslims. Bengalis raped and took 8 women, one of

them was our family member. She is my brother-in-law’s wife.

Q – Now that you arrived home, how do you feel?

A – I found the dead bodies of my family members when I arrived home. I really cannot

accept that Bengali Terrorists enter and live in our Buddhist and Hindu country. If I

see any Bengali in our Rakhine region, I feel I would like to suck their blood until

they die, rather than killing them. My anger is very big like that.

These Bengali terrorists are always giving trouble to us. They are intruding into our country
with the intention to conquer it. When they kill Hindu people, they think they are doing their
duty and shouting their Muslim words while killing our Hindu people. Hindu women who
were kidnapped by them told us like that. So we came here to search for dead bodies and
found 45 bodies.

The rest still cannot be found and we are still searching for our Hindu people. With the help
of Port officials, security forces, and U Ni Maung, we are still searching.

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Rashad Ullah - Hindu
from Maungdaw town,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Maungdaw town,
October 2018
(Hindu woman 4)

I am Rashad Ullah, 70 years old. During the attacks [August 25,


2018] no Hindus were allowed to go out of our village - for
safety. We had ten men on this side, and 10 men on the other
side of the village patrolling and watching the boundaries of the
village, ready to warn us of trouble.

The Bengali Muslims call us Hindus 'begoni' - which means eggplant. Before, I argued with
Bengali Muslim women, "Why do you call us 'begoni' [eggplant]? We are Hindu people. What
do you want?" Then, the Muslim women tried to kill me with a sword. They chased me and I
ran back to my village home.

The night after the attacks all the Hindu people couldn't sleep well, and couldn't eat well,
children were crying and screaming - we were surrounded by Bengali Muslim villages. We
wanted to flee someplace safer, but we were trapped, there was no place to go.

I like to chew betelnut, and I needed some. So I went out of the village, with a sword, to get
some betelnut from a shop in the Muslim village. I saw a leader of the Muslims, named Noru.
We know each other. I asked him, "Can I go this way to buy some betelnut?" He said, "No,
don't go there. If you go this way now the other Muslims will kill you."

But, I wanted my betelnut, so I went that way anyway. I got to the shop and said, "Sell me
some betelnut." Then I went back, but on the way some Muslims chased me with a sword,
but I was faster than them.

The Bengali Muslim leader, Noru, warned all the Hindu people in our village with his
megaphone, "Don't go out to the market, and don't go anywhere, just stay in your village, it is
very dangerous now.”

After that we all fled to Hindu temples and schools in Sittwe for safety.

These Bengali Muslims make a lot of trouble for us.

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Kyaw Kyaw Naing / Shu Bun - Hindu community leader
from Maungdaw town, block 4,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Maungdaw town,
October 2018
(Kyaw Kyaw Naing 3)

[I have previously interviewed Kyaw Kyaw Naing in Sept


2017, and January 2018]

My name is Kyaw Kyaw Naing, from block 4 of Maungdaw


town. First, I will tell you my experience of the June 8, 2012
attacks by the Bengali Muslims around here. Around noon I
saw many Bengali Muslims gathering in groups around
here, and then walking the road into the middle of the
town. I noticed that, and I wanted to know what they were
doing. So, I asked some of the Muslims. [The Hindus there
are largely Bengali speaking Hindus] Muslims told me they were going into the town center
for a religious holiday.

After 12 noon I heard very loud yelling from the mosque. After hearing that I alerted my
parents, because it was strange and worrying, and I told my parents to be aware and be
careful.

There were more and more agitated Muslims running around. I got on my motorbike to go
and try to see what was happening - because it was worrisome. I saw Muslims throwing
rocks at traffic police. The traffic police, as they were hit by rocks got on their motorbikes
and retreated back to the police station. When I got back to my house, I saw many windows
were broken - the Muslims were throwing rocks to break windows. About 4 pm I saw houses
being burned in the northwest part of town.

After that we Hindus were all alerted, and we gathered in our village and decided that we had
to flee to the nearby Rakhine Buddhist village for safety, where there was also a small
security force. At nighttime the Buddhist and Hindu young men - armed only with sticks -
had to stay awake outside their homes and guard their women and kids, and the whole
village. The Muslim population around there is very large, larger than the Hindu and
Buddhist. When the Muslims start yelling so loudly, the Hindus and Buddhists become very
fearful, and feel that they must flee again.

Just near the Buddhist village is a police outpost - but there are only 3 policemen assigned
there. We Hindus decided to ask the police for help. We went to the police and said, "Please
help us, we need security. Very soon, perhaps, these Bengali Muslims will come and attack
us. So we all will die, including the children.”

Those 3 policemen then asked the Border Guard Police for help, and about 13 BGP joined
those 3 officers. At the village, the security forces shot up into the air - to warn the Muslims
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not to attack other people. 4 or 5 times they shot in the air. The next morning things calmed
down a bit. And then the next day or so the threat of violence had subsided.

Then, on October 9, 2016, the Muslims attacked at the same time - by surprise - 3 different
Border Guard Police bases.

Before, when I was younger, we Hindus used to work together with Muslims. Hindus could
go to Muslim villages and sell clothes and food, or use our skills to mend broken metal pots,
or fix boxes. And, we would buy things from Muslims, and do some business like that.
Before there was no problem to go to Bengali Muslim villages, but now we can't, because
they don't want us to come to their villages to sell or buy things, they don't want to interact
with non-Muslims. So, our Hindu people suffered because we couldn't do any business, as
before, with the Muslims. So, many of us started to go to downtown Maungdaw - to work
any kind of job - usually menial labor.

In 2017, the Bengali Muslims attacked - again. Our Hindu village here is surrounded by larger
Muslim villages. When the Muslims start yelling so loudly it is frightening. At around midnight,
on Aug 24, 2017, all the Bengali villages around us were yelling, “Zindabar! Zindabar!”

[Victory! Victory!, or Forever! Forever!, as in Victory for Islam!, or Islam Forever!].

We Hindus know, from experience, that when the Muslims shout those kind of powerful
slogans there is big trouble starting any minute. So, fathers were gathered together and told
that this was a very bad situation now, and there will be very big trouble coming any minute -
so be prepared.

The yelling of so many Bengali Muslims was so loud that even Hindus in our village who
were trying to talk with each other had trouble hearing the person talking with right in from of
them. It was difficult to hear and to understand at that crucial time when we were trying to
figure out what to do.

Then I heard gunshots coming from the Muslim village. I didn’t know who was shooting, and
who or what he was shooting at, but it was coming from the Muslim village.

As the morning light came we moved all of our Hindu women, children, and elderly to a safer
place - the nearby Rakhine Buddhist village, but our men stayed in our village to protect it,
and prevent it from being burned down. The next morning we Hindu men heard loud yelling
again, this time only Muslim men. And we saw that some of the Bengali houses were
burning. Not just one Bengali village was burning, but many Bengali villages were burning.
There were fires every direction. That made us so frightened.

Finally, army troops arrived and we felt safer. If the army had not arrived we would probably
all be slaughtered. The Bengali Muslims target, and would kill all the Buddhists, Hindus, and
the ethnic minorities - all non-Muslims.

Then the Hindus were moved to block 3, where there was a school [this school / temple] and
the women and kids stayed here, but many of the men stayed in our village to guard it.

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An interesting observation - When we saw the Muslim village house burning - at that time -
there were no military or police forces around there - none. The next day the military arrived.
So, it can't be said that the military burned the Muslim houses. We also knew that it is
impossible to go to the Muslims villages if you are not Muslim. It would be very dangerous
for any non-Muslim to even get close to one of their villages. We know that they burned their
own village houses.

We began to hear the news of all the police outposts that were attacked on August 25, 2017,
and so many ethnic minority villages that were targeted and burned. Hearing this news made
us very frightened again. We felt, again, that we all may die soon, at the hands of the Bengali
Muslims. We are not even safe here. So, we arranged to evacuate to Sittwe for safety. In
Sittwe, we stayed as refugees in a Hindu Temple complex, which became extremely
overcrowded, and the sports stadium, which also became very overcrowded. Eventually we
came back to Maungdaw, when it seemed safer.

We must remember, the Muslims's goal, when they are shouting "Zindabar! Zindabar!", is to
kill or chase out all Buddhists, Hindus, and tribal people - they don't want to live with any
non-Muslims. They know that if they kill 5 Buddhists in a village than the rest of the villagers
will all run away - and so they will then have that land. Look at Kha Maung Seik Hindu
villages - over 100 Hindus were executed by Bengali Muslims, and in Maungdaw town 7
Hindus were murdered on August 25, 2017. Later, some of the international media came and
wrote very biased and wrong stories about these incidents!

I have a question for the world: “Why do so many defend the aggressors and accuse the
victims?”

I think the UN agencies, and international groups come her only to help the Muslims, maybe
only 10% goes to Buddhist and Hindu victims and concerns. I hear about and know about
this from many friends who work with these groups.

Here is another question, “If the NGO's and other aid organizations come to help why don't
they balance the aid between Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and tribal minorities?”

Another thing - the Bengali Muslim Mawlawis [Imams] in Maungdaw received a lot of money
from foreign sources, and in the villages they distribute this money to entice more and more
young men to undergo militant training with weapons and fighting techniques, and join ARSA
- so they all become ARSA Islamic terrorists. I have seen that the Bengali Muslims - from
kids to Mawlawis - with the help of foreign money, is totally under the spell of militant Islam.

The Hindu people here are very poor, and very much a minority. Our education is not well.
Nowadays we have an Education Youth Committee with 32 members, so we are active with
educating our young people well. We support the education of our children in the correct
official way, and work with the government. Because, the government is our mother and
father. We inform them of our progress and our difficulties. There are still many families that
are very poor.

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Most of the parents of our children are not educated, they were very poor, and either had no
schools, or were too poor to go to school, but now we try to educate all of our kids. They
can learn to read and write, and we all need to know the Burmese language, because it is
the national language, and we live in the nation of Myanmar. The government has donated
books to here. Our Education Youth Committee, with its 32 members does not ask for help
from the NGOs that are here, we support our programs with our own efforts.

Now, I would like to say to the Bengali Muslims, "Stay away from us. We don't want trouble
from you.” Look at the Kha Maung Seik massacre - so many Hindus were killed there, and
also here, in Maungdaw. Now, our Hindu village is too close to a large Bengali village - only a
3 minute walk. We always have to worry when they will attack again.

25 days after the attack Bengali men came into our Hindu village, and they knew which
house was mine, and my house was burned down by those Bengalis. I reported this attack
to the authorities and to the State Minister. I have been targeted numerous times by the
Muslims, because I know a lot about the Muslims, and I am a Hindu community leader, and I
speak and am interviewed about the abuses that our Hindu community suffers because of
the Muslims.

At the moment there is no security around our Hindu village - and that's why we don't feel
very safe. Sometimes we hear the threats from the Muslims that their first target is the
Hindus - they will first slaughter the Hindus, and then the Buddhists.

We Hindus now know, that the Muslims want to kill us, and they will try to do it again and
again. That's why we must be aware and careful - always.

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Kyaw Kyaw Naing / Shu Bun - Hindu Community Leader
from Maungdaw town, block 4,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed at the special historic Hindu Temple
in Kha Maung Seik, January 2018
(Kyaw Kyaw Naing - temple)

Many of the Hindu minority live in the villages around here


and they built this temple a long time ago. Also, now, there
are many Bengali Muslims living around here, more and
more all the time. They look like us - we are all Bengali-
speaking - but they bring all kinds of trouble to us. They
always say their Muslim religion is the best, and all of us Hindus are infidel idol worshippers.
Sometimes they kill Hindu people - for no reason.

The Bengalis intend to make this land a Muslim-only Islamic State. They do not want any of
us Hindus or Buddhists here, and they want to kill us all. That is why some Hindus leave here
to go someplace safer, like Sittwe, or Yangon or another city.

Recently, our Hindu population was devastated when nearly 100 Hindus were executed by
Bengali Muslims on August 25, 2017.

Now there are only about 15 Hindus left around here - we have no future here.

The Hindu temple is quite interesting. Rather than some of the Hindu deities that you would
expect in a Hindu temple, it has a single large statue of Buddha. The Hindus here worship
Buddha, as well. They like the Buddhist people and get along with them fine,

and have brought Buddha into their pantheon of deities. Similarly, Buddhists in Myanmar
have integrated Ganesh, the lovable Elephant god into their pantheon.

[Two armed soldiers accompanied us to this site, because the day before, just one mile from
here, ARSA terrorists attacked 6 Buddhists fishing on the river. The border with Bangladesh
is very close.]

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Kyaw Kyaw Naing / Shu Bun - Hindu Community Leader
from Maungdaw town, block 4,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed at border fence near Maungdaw,
January 2018
(Kyaw Kyaw Naing fence)

Hindu Leader Kyaw Kyaw Naing tells of being kidnapped by


Bengali Muslims

[We were at the border fence between Bangladesh and


Myanmar. All of a sudden Kyaw Kyaw Naing climbs over the
fence, and back in about 30 seconds - He just wanted to
show us how easy it is, and how useless the fence is. He said he learned to climb the fence
when he was kidnapped. I said, “Kidnapped?!?!' Tell us the story……”]

I was kidnapped on April 25, 2016, at 1:15 in the morning and taken by boat across the wide
Naf River, behind me, to Bangladesh, in the darkness. I had to climb over this fence in the
darkness at knifepoint. They knew that I was leader of the Hindu minority, and that the
Hindus would have to come up with big money to get me back.

I was taken to what seemed like a terrorist training camp. I


was beaten everyday for 8 days, and told that they would
cut off my head if money did not come.

They said that the Hindu people were a problem for the
Bengalis because the Hindus get along with the Buddhists,
and interact with each other.

I had to call my brother in Myanmar, and he had to collect


money from our poor Hindu villages. On day 9 he arrived
with the money (over $10,000 USD) and I was freed.

They gave me bandages and medicine for my wounds, and told me that I should stay in the
hospital for a few days - but I didn’t want to spend anymore time, not even one more second
in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh police notified the Myanmar officials and I got back to my family and village
later on the 9th day.

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Kyaw Kyaw Naing / Shu Bun - Hindu Community Leader
from Maungdaw town, block 4,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed at Hindu Refugee camp in Sittwe, Sept 2017
(Kyaw Kyaw Naing 1)

On August 27, 2017, 7 Hindus - a woman, 3 Men, and 3 children


were killed by Bengalis in Myo Thu Gyi village near downtown
Maungdaw. And, in Zin Pine Nyar village a Hindu father and his
daughter were abducted. We still have no information about
them, but we believe that they have also been brutally murdered.
Then, in Pa Din Ka Yin Tan village, one Hindu from a family was
abducted, and that villager is believed be dead, also.

In Kha Maung Seik Village Tract, there are two Hindu Villages named Ye Baw Kya and Taung
Ywa. There were over 120 villagers in those two villages. Ye Baw Kya village has a Hindu
Temple.

I want the whole world to know the term 'Genocide' does not apply to the Bengali Muslims,
but rightfully for our Hindu people. All the villagers from Ye Baw Kya and Taung Ywa were
slaughtered by the Bengalis. This was massive killing committed by Muslims. And then, 8
young and pretty Hindu ladies were threatened with death if they refused to convert to Islam.
The very frightened ladies accepted this to save their own lives, and the terrorists chose
each of the ladies for marriage and took them to Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, when the Hindu ladies were being interviewed by reporters, a Hindu man
noticed that they were Hindu. He noticed that they were Hindu by seeing the traditional and
cultural things they were wearing. Hindu women wear Red or White bracelets, and they have
a red spot called tikka on their forehead. Hindu men wear bracelets called rakhid which can
bring good luck or good fortune.Then the Hindu man told Guru Gyi - a Hindu holy man -
about this and Guru Gyi informed a Hindu reporter about this discovery. The reporter
urgently went to find the Hindu girls and interview them, and then get them out of there,
because they were not safe.

After that the reporter went there and told them that he was a Hindu, the Hindu ladies started
crying with relief. They said that they were forced by Bengali terrorists to say their families
were killed by Rakhine Buddhists and Army troops. They had to say that because they are
afraid of being killed.

The Hindu ladies asked the Hindu reporter to please save them from the hands of the
murderous Bengalis as soon as possible. If not, they would have to suffer the fate of being
Muslim against their will. They were also forced to eat beef (which Hindus don't eat). Then
the reporter told all of this to Guru Gyi and soon Hindu and Bangladesh authorities saved
them.

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After the ladies were saved, they gave detailed information to us. Their husbands were
beaten by the Muslims with iron rods, tortured and killed in front of them. Bengalis shouted
that Hindus and Buddhists together conspired against Muslims.

Now Hindus in Bangladesh are in great danger. In the Bangladesh refugee camps, there are
492 Hindus from Thit Tone Na Kwa Sone Village. There are 8 women and 7 children from Kha
Maung Seik Taung Ywa and Ye Baw Kya Villages. I urgently request the authorities to save all
of them.

We Hindu people are the victims running from the Bengali terrorists to safety among the
Rakhine Buddhist community. We have lost everything, including houses, cows and all we
possess. All we have is our lives and one set of clothes.

The Bengalis have burned our houses and some of their own houses too. We saw this with
our own eyes. We lived with the Rakhine Buddhist community at one corner of the Ward.
Bengalis live in the other three corners. We only have one way to escape.

Around 11:30 PM ,on that night of August 25, 2017, the Bengalis started shouting "Islam
Zindabad" (Long Live Islam) so loudly. We realized then that we had to run for our lives
because we understood that they are going to fight and kill all the Buddhists. We first
escaped to downtown Maungdaw and took shelter there. But we felt unsafe there, so most
of us came to Sittwe.

If the Government want to resettle us, we will not live together with these Bengali Muslims.
We request the Government to settle us next to the Buddhist Rakhine community. We can
always live peacefully with them. We can only live far away from Muslims. This is what I want
to say as the leader of all these Hindu victims.

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Chandrwa Maung Hein - Hindu
from Kan Yin Tan Village, Padauk Village Tract,
Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed in Hindu refugee camp, Maungdaw town,
September 2017
(Hindu man 5)

My name is Chandrwa Maung Hein and my fathers name is U


Zulanarwa. We lived in Kan Yin Tan Village in Padauk Village
Tract in Maungdaw Township. We lived in several separate
houses. There are seven men, including me, and four women
comprising my family members.

On August 24, 2017, one of my sons went to Maungdaw market with a motorbike to buy
something. As he could not get it there, he went to Thonemiles Village Tract, where there are
two villages of Mro and Thet ethnicities there. There are some small hills between those two
villages. When he arrived there, Bengali Muslim terrorists followed him and tried to catch
him. So, he ran into the forest nearby, according to an eyewitness. Since that time, I have not
had any contact from my son, and still, we cannot find him.

That same month, on August 27, 2017, Bengali terrorists entered our compound and
attacked my house. There were at least 25 militants and they surrounded all of us. Among
them, there were 7 or 8 Bengalis that rushed inside, holding weapons in their hands, such as
long knives and swords, pistols, small bombs, and heavy wooden sticks.

After bursting in they searched for our phones and grabbed them all. Then, they arrogantly
spoke to me using bad words. They threatened us to cut our heads off if we did not convert
to Islam by the day after tomorrow.

Also, before exiting, they forced us to destroyed our holy Hindu shrine and deities, and told
me not to keep and not to pay homage to our sacred deities. They ordered us to “destroy
immediately. Destroy your pagan shrine and idols immediately and if you want to live here,
you must change your false religious into our superior Islam” is what they said to me very
arrogantly. One of them tried to hit and beat me.They took two Kyattha [a unit of
measurement] of gold and 70,000 Kyats (Myanmar currency) together with our mobile
phones. After that they exited the house.

Of the terrorists who entered my house, among them was a leader of the RSO (Rohingya
Solidarity Organization - terrorist group) among them, named Adu Habist, and the rest of
them are from our village.

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Pratik Kumarka - Hindu

from Taung Bazar,


Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar
Interviewed in Taung Bazar, October 2018
(Taung Bazar Hindu)

My Hindu name is Pratik Kumarka, and my Burmese name is Ko


Maung Aye. We Hindus lived near here, in northern Buthidaung
Township.

On August 24, 2017, late at night, I heard many gunshots. The


next morning 1000s of agitated Bengali Muslims were encircling our villages and threatening
to attack. Our Hindu population here is very small. In our village we live together peacefully
with Rakhine Buddhists. At that time I heard the Muslims yelling that they will destroy the
Taung Bazar market and kill the Rakhine Buddhists. We Hindus heard and saw the Muslims
shouting like that, and getting ready to attack.

Some Bengali Muslim women even shouted at us, “Kill the Hindus first, then slaughter the
Buddhists!”

Our village is in block 9 of this village tract [administrative terms, not at all like city blocks].
This is where the Hindus live. Behind our village there is a large Bengali Muslim village, and
in front of our village there is a large Muslim village. We were trapped at that time, we could
not go anywhere.

On August 31, 2017, we got the phone number of an Army officer and called him for help.
Army troops came and rescued us, and escorted us to here, where we are now, in Taung
Bazar.

[Note: On August 25, 2017, 29 police outposts were attacked, and one army base - in Taung
Bazar. There was a lot of heavy fighting around this whole area, as 1000s of ARSA led
Bengali Muslims attacked many villages around the army base as well. Fighting was intense
for many days.]

I think that the Bengali Muslim boys over 12 years old already have the mind of an Islamic
terrorist.

I didn’t think that this could ever happen. Since we were young we were living together,
eating together, going to school together, growing up together. Nowadays we are afraid to
live far from Rakhine Buddhists because together we can try to protect ourselves. We need
to live very close to the Buddhists, together, because we alone are a small minority.

In Kha Maung Seik the Bengali Muslims carried out a horrible genocide, killing 100 Hindus.
Many of those victims were our relatives. At the moment we don’t want any Bengali Muslims
here. If the Bengalis come back to this area we cannot live in safety.

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