While the UN Food Program has decided to suspend aid in the Burmese state of Rakhine where, since Aug. 25, the latest pogrom against the rohingya minority rages, the Myanmar military also triggered a war of numbers.
Government sources have indicated that a total of 2,625 homes flared in the villages of Kotankauk, Myinlut and Kyikanpyin and in two districts. But these homes were supposedly torched by the ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army), the “terrorist” armed group responsible for the August attacks.
This count does not match the testimonies of the displaced people and the research conducted by Human Rights Watch. They accuse the military for these fires. “New images show the total destruction of a Muslim village and are seriously raising the concern that this state of devastation in the north of the Rakhine may be far greater than we thought, “said to Reuters Asia’s deputy director of the organization, Phil Robertson. In that village, 99 percent of the buildings went into smoke.