As war escalates in northern Rakhine, Rohingya have no allies

As the Myanmar military deploys sinister divide-and-rule tactics in its fight against the Arakan Army, Rohingya civilians with nowhere to run question how they will survive

Rakhine State’s remaining Rohingya population—denied citizenship and freedom of movement—is increasingly trapped in a war between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), members of the community have warned.  

“The whole of Rakhine State, for the Rohingyas, is like an open-air prison,” UK-based Rohingya human rights activist Tun Khin told Myanmar Now on March 29. “I can’t find the words to describe the danger that is facing [them]. It’s at a very high level.” 

The AA, the ethnic Rakhine armed group that has been waging an offensive against the military in Rakhine State since last November, has captured all of northern Rakhine State from the junta except for Buthidaung and neighbouring Maungdaw townships, which border Bangladesh to the north. 

Both townships have significant Rohingya populations, despite years of intensifying military pogroms aimed at forcing the community out of. . .

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