For the success of UEHRD process, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of UEHRD herself made the on-the-ground survey in Rakhine State, a few days ago.
Concerning the process of UEHRD, an interview was made with Vice-Chairman of UEHRD Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, with a view to convincing people well.
Q: Let me know with which aims and objectives UEHRD was formed.
A: To perform in Rakhine State, Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development was formed. To do so, the State Counsellor herself explained to the people on October 15 and formed on October 17. UEHRD is all-inclusive project to be performed through people’s forces. Its first objective is to effectively help provide humanitarian aids as there are many difficulties and problems on ways of living, food and shelter concerning the affairs which took places in Rakhine State. Since August 25, humanitarian aids were provided by the Union Government, the State Cabinet and the people in combination. Concerted efforts were vigorously made by the Government. The present is to lift up its momentum so as to broadly cover the area in providing aids. Secondly, it is to accept and resettle them in a systematic way. Rehabilitation and resettlement are to be made regardless of man-made conflicts or disasters. Now Rakhine State affair was caused by humans. As regards this, it must be performed effectively to reach a better state. Those who had lived in Myanmar and now had been in the neighboring country on various reasons are to be systematically accepted. Thirdly, it is to bring about the development and freedom from conflicts for long, in the region. In doing so, it will reduce the outbreaks of conflicts by bringing about the regional development.”
Q: On August 25, how many people had fled their homes due to the ARSA extremist terrorists attacks?
A: Concerning the ARSA extremist terrorist attacks on August 25, people were greatly worried. The frightened local nationals abandoned their locations, daring to live no longer, mostly from Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung. 272 villages in Maungtaw, 29 villages in Buthidaung and 18 villages in Rathedaung were burnt down. They fled to safer places, mostly to Sittway.
Q: As UEHRD had been established, let me know which arrangements are being made for those who abandoned their places to be located in their places.
A: Under the current situations, in the region security is of great importance. If security has been assured, they will have to reach their original location. Provided that their former houses and farming lands were undamaged it will be ready for them to live and settle there again. But some villages where minority ethnic groups of Mro, Daingnet and etc. lived were completely burnt down. There, it will be great importance to make rehabilitation and resettlement.
Q: Concerning all-inclusive participation, how it will be carried out?
A: In this regard, now UEHRD appeared. It was found out that the people from Regions and States including Nay Pyi Taw Council and respective responsible officials were taking part. Dr Aung Tun Thet, chief coordinator of UEHRD assembled and consulted with those who would like to donate among the people, entrepreneurs, foundations, those who will participate, the people, local businessmen, Civil Societies in the land. On October 28 and 29, Dr Aung Tun Thet and myself arrived in Rakhine region. Major participants are mostly youths. Myanmar abounds with ebullient youths.