Four months after the terrorist attacks in Maungtaw, it is witnessed that residents of Mro ethnic groups are enjoying peace and stability in their villages. Moreover, they can settle in their villages and lead a normal life. The authorities concerned are making concerted efforts to restore the normal lives of the residents.
The following are excerpts of interviews with local Mro ethnic people.
Maung Zone, a village administrative officer
The village I live in is Thit Tone Nar Kwa Sone, which is composed of 300 households. The population of the village is about 1,696. As far as I know, Mandalay region and Ayeyawaddy Region governments are building new houses in the villages including Myauk Khaung Taung, Pan Chaung, Khayu Chaung and Auk Inn Chaung. I am sure that this can strengthen unity among us by merging many villages. I am much obliged to the government for this.
Ko Than Naing, resident of Thit Tone Nar Kwa Sone
Most of the villagers in this region are farmers and cultivators, and they mostly rely on cultivation and farming. For the time being now, the new families from Myauk Gaung Taung and Pan Chaung villages are building 45 makeshift tents made of bamboo.
U Tun Pone, a villager of Nan Yar Kine
I came from Nan Yar Kine village. The authorities have already approved to build 50 new houses and 3 bridges in my village. But the construction hasn’t started yet. That’s why I’d like to urge the authority concerned to resume these constructions before the rainy season.
Under the supervision of the Ministry for Border Affairs, a Mro ethnic village is under construction near Thit Tone Nar Kwa Sone village. According to the data, there are 16 Myo ethnic villages, and we can witness the scene of winnowing the paddy seeds in the farm, studying the lessons at the schools, building new houses and carrying out the new village plans respectively.
Myint Maung & Zeyar