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July 18, 2018

Returnees feel better in Rakhine

Following is the second part of the interview with the returnees from Bangladesh conducted by our news team.
Mahmat Eunos
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
I was charged (and imprisoned) for going (illegally) to Bangladesh. I went there two or three times in the past. I returned after going there. I didn’t go there with my family; they are in Nga Khu Ya. Now, my family and I have NVCs. We took (applied for) it, as the NVC is required to go to Maungtaw.
At present, there isn’t much work. In the past, I was dealing in trade by buying products in Maungtaw and selling them here. When I was released under an amnesty, the government provided me with pots, pans, blankets and a mosquito net. Food for the family was also provided.

Abdusalem
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
I’m the only one who got an NVC. My family still didn’t get it. Although I have an NVC, permission has not yet been granted to go to the shrimp ponds and to fish in the creeks; so, we face some difficulties in making a living.

Nurusalem
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
If possible, I want to call my relatives in Bangladesh to Myanmar right now. As I live in Myanmar, I abide by the law here. When families from the other side return, I’ll explain to them how to abide by the law. Myanmar is better. I now have an NVC. My wife also has an NVC. I don’t know in detail about the NVC. I also didn’t hear about the other side telling people they can go back. In the past, I used to fish with a net. Now, I have no income because fishing works are not permitted.

Idris
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
My siblings are in Bangladesh. I don’t know what I can do if I have an NVC. But one needs to have some sort of identity if he/she is staying in any country. Both my wife and I have NVCs.

Dill Mahmat
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
My family was with me when the incident occurred. After I was detained, they fled to Bangladesh. If possible, I want to call my family back.

Hamid Tusong
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
My eldest son and four family members fled to Bangladesh. They fled with others when the terrorist incident occurred. I want them to come back.
Until now, I don’t know much about the NVC. I think I’ll find out later. However, I have an NVC because I wanted it. There was no intimidation or harassment due to religion or race. But I didn’t explain to others about getting an NVC. I personally think Myanmar is a better place to live. I want to see the people on the other side being called back. Many of them are facing difficulties.
Nuralem
Formerly from Nga Khu Ya, South village
Presently at his home in Nga Khu Ya
Both my wife and I have NVCs. I never heard of anyone urging people to return from Bangladesh to Myanmar.

Atwal Hussan
Formerly from Doetan village tract, Sintaung village
Presently at a relative’s home in Nga Khu Ya
I was detained when I crossed back into Myanmar from Bangladesh. I went to Bangladesh after the incident occurred in 2016. I didn’t hear anyone urging people or see notices being put up in relief camps in Bangladesh to return to Myanmar. It is better to stay here. I’m the only one who had an NVC. My family is still in Bangladesh. I want to bring them back. Staying in Nga Khu Ya is better than staying in Bangladesh. No identity was given in the Bangladesh relief camps. Everyone could freely enter and leave. I stayed at the Balukhali camp while in Bangladesh.

Suna Bibi
Formerly from Kyetyopyin village tract, Kyetyopyin Ywama
Presently in Kyetyopyin Village
I was going to Ooshaykya (village) from Kyetyopyin, when I was detained. I have family in the village (Kyetyopyin). Some of my sons and daughters went to Bangladesh. I want them to come back. Only one of my family members had an NVC. There was no difficulty in obtaining it and I’m thankful for this. Pots, pans and clothing have also been supplied. For now, I’m doing odd jobs, and I also farm a bit.

Jamail Along
Formerly from Kyetyopyin village tract, Kyetyopyin Ywama
Presently in Kyetyopyin Village
I came back from Bangladesh four to five months ago. I did odd jobs in Bangladesh. If food was provided, it was convenient, but when it was not provided, there were some difficulties in the Bangladesh camp. I stayed in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. We were living on the aid provided. I stayed there for a full month.
As I wanted to live in my own village, I came back in a small boat. I have no other intention. I didn’t hear anyone saying anything about returning to Myanmar. I came back here alone. My family stayed behind in Bangladesh. They also want to come back. It was not easy to enter or leave the camp I was in. I had to sneak out. In the past, I operated a power tiller and repaired motorcycles. For now, I’m working as a mechanic for motorcycles for a living.—News Team

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