How did your husband die?
Bengalis came to burn down our village. So, we had to run away to Gudaung village. But, my husband stayed atour village to put out the fire.
How did you know your husband was killed?
People from Gudaung Village went to our village to put out the fire, and they saw him dead along with other dead bodies and houses on fire. When I heard that he was dead, I feel desperately weak as I am pregnant. I can’teven imagine my future, as our family is depending on my husband for our daily survival.
What is your attitude towards the Bengalis?
We want them to move away from us. We dare not live close to them anymore.
San Nu Khin - widow, near Gudaung Village, Ratchadaung Township
Why did you take refuge in this camp, at this age?
I fled my village to escape from possible Bengali slaughter.
What kind of threats did Muslims issue to your village to make you leave the village?
They burned a nearby village and killed fellow Arakanese villagers there, which made us more than sufficiently believe that we would face the same fate if we stayed.
How many houses were burned in that village?
About 100 houses.
San Tun Phyu - 77 year-old grandfather, Nay-Bi-Sate village, Ratchadaung Township
________________________________________________________________________ •The Bengalis came and set on fire our village on June 10. When I saw fire, I went there and saw theArakanese and Bengalis were fighting each other. They were throwing pallets, stones and sharp tools to eachothers.Then I had to join the fight to defend our homes, families, our ethnic nationality, and our (Buddhist) religion. Iwas hurt by a lead-pallet which hit my right eyebrow.
How was the strength of each side in the fight?
They had more than 300 people and there was only 80 on our side. Meanwhile, the authorities arrived on thescene and took control. The fighting stopped after the authorities arrived.
Who lived in those burnt houses?
They were houses belonging to Bengalis. They set their own houses on fire and ran into the coconut forest bythe sea. They did it with the intention of showing the authorities and the international community that theBengalis are the victims of attacks by local Arakanese.
Can you tell us your village situation after the attack?
After the attack, we found out they were still planning to attack us again, by surprise. To defend ourselvesagainst them, we have to set up our own patrols to watch out for danger.
Mun Htwan - manual laborer, Mungan quarter, Sittwe
Interviews of Rakhine/Arakanese victims of the Bengali Muslims