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February 27, 2018

Three steps to return Maungtaw to normalcy

By Myint Maung Soe

A schoolgirl in Muangtaw sits for mid-year exam. Photo: A One Soe
A schoolgirl in Muangtaw sits for mid-year exam. Photo: A One Soe

Schools, healthcare and security will provide the path back to normalcy, Rakhine officials said yesterday.
The Rakhine State Government is taking those three steps to restore peace and stability, in tandem with development, to Maungtaw District, which was rocked by violent attacks over a month ago.
“We officials announced that authorities are making efforts for returning Maungtaw District into normality through three steps”, said U Nyi Pu, the Chief Minister of Rakhine State Government. “The first two steps are to reopen schools and clinics in Maungtaw”.
The third step, U Nyi Pu said, will focus on restoration of community peace and stability in the entire area of Maungtaw District.
The chief minister also called for cooperation among security forces, departmental officials and residents in bringing the peace to the region.
But there have been some stutters on the patch back to normalcy. Another act of violence occurred on 12 November when a border police outpost was again attacked, causing the death of an officer.
The incident cast a pall on the dawn of peace and stability in Maungtaw, which was shaken to its core with the violent armed attacks on three border outposts on 9 October, resulting in the deaths of nine policemen.
But with reopening of schools, which had been shut down since the day of the attacks, school children have returned and have been sitting for mid-year examinations at schools in Maungtaw since 20 November.
There are 183 schools in Mauntaw Township and 209 schools in Buthidaung Township in Maungtaw District.
So far, 68 schools have been reopened in Maungtaw Township, slog with 135 schools in Buthidaung township.


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