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Buddhaist banners hung flaccidly on bunboo canes at the entry to Koe Tan Kauk, a "model" community for Rakhine migrant people who were commutered to the northern hemisphere to re-populate an area once ruled by the Muslim Rohingya people. Newcomers move to parts of the state of Rakhine, most of which have been "cleared" by their Rohingya inhabitants, whose towns have been transformed into slimy spots in a rich agricultural area.
Rakhine immigrants, who come from the relatively unstable southern region, are - for the time being - few. However, they have high hopes, since the forerunners of a guided "rakhinization" want to turn the demographics of the once predominantly Islamic area upside down. "Chit San Eain, a 28-year-old girl who went to a simple cabin in Koe Tan Kauk with her man and infant, said to the AFP newswire with a derogatory name for Muslims, "We were really scared of these Kalars and did not intend to come here.
"Now that they're gone, we have a good opportunity to see our relations living up here," she added, "the remains of a Rohingya village are a few miles away. Since 25 August last year, almost 700,000 Rohingya have been forced from North Rakhine to Bangladesh by the Myanmar military, which used assaults by Rohingya militants as an excuse for their missions.
A further 300,000 Rohingya were expelled from the southern and central parts of Rakhine by expeditions dating back to the end of the Seventy. A high-ranking civil servant said that it wore all the "marks of genocide". Burma strongly disputes the accusations and says migrants are welcome to come back.
In Cox' Bazar Camp, many traumatized Rohingya also refuse to be sent back to Rakhine - where they are expected by refugee and enemy neighbourhood. A snowstorm of developments supported by the Rakhine state and the armed forces, or financed by private funds, transforms the north of Rakhine in their notary. The eviction by flight from Rohingya is an old match in a state considered the front line of a Buddhaist nation's struggle against invading Islam.
"Myanmars Enemy Within has been watering down the Rohingya people since the early 1990s," says Francis Wade, writer of Myanmar's Enemy Within: Muslims are refused nationality and described as "Bengalis", misfits who - according to logical reasoning - have been successfully forced back to their countries of descent.
" He is a recipient of the Ancillary Committee for the Reconstruction of Rakhine National Territory in the Western Frontier (CRR), a privately funded program set up just after the beginning of the Afghan war. The relocation plans could not operate in an area under severe barricade without prior approval from the war.
Financed by Rakhine donators, the CRR's goal is to create a "Muslim-dry" buffers area from the main city of Sittwe to the city of Maungdaw, according to Oo Hla Saw, a Rakhine deputy who is advising the comittee. They had to escape after the war..... so we have to build this area with the Rakhine people," he said to the AFP.
CRR will finance employment and housing "so that this small populace can continue to grow," he added. According to the military, the second site was the site of extra-judicial assassinations of Rohingya prisoners, as the area was hit by force last August. The Koe Tan Kauk was a similarly blended of Buddhist and Moslem houses.
The new inhabitants are hoping to finally own their own property, a view they have never had before in Myanmar's second most impoverished state. Nationalist Rakhine say the CRR is a stronghold against Islam and a means of ensuring that its people have a say in developing countries that are being pushed forward by the Burmese-dominated federal state, which they profoundly suspect.
"Than Tun, Secretary General of the CRR, said: "Who else should have precedence but Rakhine in the state of Rakhine. The Myanmar administration, for its part, has recruited mighty business people to help reconstruct the ailing state. In a seemingly multi-layered attempt to keep the Rohingya away, the armed forces are carrying out further plans, among other things to strengthen their safety system.
Amnesty International's weekly review describes in detail how streets, helicopter landing pads and safety facilities are being constructed, often on the destroyed Rohingyalements. Everywhere in the north of Rakhine, deserted agricultural and paddy paddies have been confiscated by the military in an area where there is strict control over accessing the press, detectives and most relief groups.
Rohingya ceased to have political rights under a junta-era law of nationality in 1982. "`These humans want to be recognized as'Rohingya'-ethnia.... to be granted nationality, to settle in their homeland,' he says.