Kaman IDPs in Rakhine State told to form pro-junta militia

Residents of a camp in Kyaukphyu say they were told they wouldn’t be recognised as citizens of Myanmar if they didn’t join

More than a decade after they were made homeless by anti-Muslim riots in Rakhine State, ethnic Kamans living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kyaukphyu say they are being forced to form pro-regime militias “for their own protection.”

According to one person familiar with the situation, military officials visited a Kaman IDP camp in Kyaukphyu on Sunday and summoned leaders to discuss the move.

“They told us to give them a list of men aged between 18 and 55,” said the source, who asked not to be identified. “They said it was to protect our own region, but so far, nobody wants to join.”

Hla Tun, a 32-year-old camp resident who was displaced by a wave of communal violence that hit Rakhine State in 2012. . .

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