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The Myanmar army land mines along the Bangladesh frontier represent a lethal danger to the escape from Rohingya.
Unresponsive use of indiscriminately random and lethal weaponry on heavily used roads around the borders endangers the life of man. Several of the anti-personnel landmines were found near Taung Pyo Let Wal (also known as Tumbro) in Myanmars Rakhine State on the outskirts of the Bangladesh frontier.
While many have escaped from the area to a temporary shelter within Bangladesh, they make regular journeys back across the borders to get food or help others. On September 3, a 50-year-old female crossing the Bangladeshi-Taung Pyo Let Wal frontier on her way back to a land mine.
A number of eye testimonies said they saw Myanmar's police force, which included soldiers and the police who built landmines near the Thai-Bangladesh Myanmar frontier. Another four alleged mine explosions occurred this weekend at a bustling intersection near another town further inside Myanmar's frontier area. According to testimonies and locals, they seriously wounded two young men between the ages of 10 and 13 and allegedly inmates.
Australia's government trains the Myanmar Armed Forces, while Russia and Israel are among the nations that supply them with firearms. Whilst the EU is maintaining an arms embargo on Myanmar, some Member States have recently taken other types of assistance, involving education. Also, the US is investigating the expansion of the Myanmar Armed Forces cooperation through education and work-shops.
"All over the globe that continues to educate or trade weapons to Myanmar's armed forces are supporting a brutal violent propaganda against Rohingya that results in a crime against the people. Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Shahidul Haque told Reuters that Dhaka had filed a official appeal with Myanmar over the plantation of land mines along the countries' common borders.
"Myanmar's government should stop making sweeping allegations. Everything indicates that their own safety force is putting down land mines that are not only illegal but are already mutilating normal people," said Tirana Hassan.