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December 14, 2018

Mro ethnic villagers receive new houses

Mro ethnic villagers walk past their new houses in Maungtaw. Photo: Tin Soe
Mro ethnic villagers walk past their new houses in Maungtaw. Photo: Tin Soe

Rakhine State authorities handed over new houses to Mro ethnic people at the Thittonna Gwason Village-tract in Maungtaw Township yesterday.
The 86 houses were funded by the Ayeyawady Region Government and Mandalay Region Government, and handed over to Mro ethnic families from Karuchaung, Myatkhaungtaung, Panchaung and Inn Chaung villages from Thittonna Gwason Village-tract in Maungtaw Township.
The authorities also delivered a set of solar panels and a family kit, each donated by the Ministry of Industry to Mro ethnic families who lost their homes in terrorist attacks last year.
“We are delighted to stay in the new house in the plains area, instead of in the hills where we used to live,” said U Aung Phaw, a Mro ethnic man. Following the ceremony, another 30 houses donated by Daw Khin Kyi Foundation and 10 houses by the Department for Development of Border Areas and National Races, were also handed over to Mro ethnic families from Kontaing Village. Authorities assisted ethnic people who moved into the houses and, along with solar panels and family kits, provided household utensils.
Also, the new villages will be provided with water supplies, transportation, clinics and schools, according to authorities.
Ethnic Mro nationals lived peacefully with agriculture and new Khonhtaing (Mro) village will soon be developed with the full requisite of a village.
The Rakhine State government has been building new homes in the Maungtaw Township for the security and social development of ethnic groups, such as Mro, Khami, Thet and Daingnet, among others. These groups were earlier living in the mountainous areas.
The government expects that the construction of such villages will improve the livelihood and social conditions of the people.—Tin Soe

A Mro family waves from their new house in Kontaing Village. Photo: Tin Soe
A Mro family waves from their new house in Kontaing Village. Photo: Tin Soe

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