This is the transcript from the end of a telephone interview with a Rohingyan man in hiding in Burma on July 17, 2012. It was hard to decipher everything that he was saying as he was sobbing throughout this plea.
“This is our life. We are in a very hard situation. Our life is hard..
So please… with the power of… please try to save our life... really really I have no-one to explain to how they’ve (affected?) our lives... please try to save our lives... please contact with other people please..
I hope all the people (will try to?) save our lives… please try to save our lives, we are very... until now we have no information from our brothers and sisters… please try to save our lives and our dignity.. (??)
Our weak point is because we are Muslim… we have no more weak point, at the moment, they are trying to end Islam... they try to kill our lives... (Please contact the Islamic countries and other news agencies) we are dying... we will die by ourselves...
We cannot go to other villages because the border immigration are waiting to kill us... they are waiting for us..
Our weak point is just because we are Muslim… please try to save our lives..I’ve heard so many times in the other townships... from a lot lot of people I’ve heard this... they were raping the Muslim women… they reported 171 people were arrested..
People have come to his village every day just wanting food, as they have no food in their village.
All the women, they don’t have even a lighter to burn (fire) to cook rice... just they are eating green banana trees… there are even no (more) banana trees for them to eat.. so please, don’t forget about that..
Please try to save our lives by sharing this information with other countries… our children are dying....
More than 1,000 lives are already killed in my village — they are also like me, I am also like them...”
These are our notes from a first interview with him on 14th of July:
Police burning Muslim villages;
Rakhine come dressed as Muslim mullahs (i.e. sheikhs) and burn Muslim houses;
He saw this;
They are out of food, no houses/shelter (as they've been burnt), and no water;
Burning mosques and houses;
70.000 homeless — living in hiding;
They are attacking one township after another;
Can't go to city or another village because there are 250 border immigration guards patrolling the villages etc — if they see any Rohingya, they kill them;
They're scared to move around;
They are giving wrong information to villagers/propaganda;
Rohingya are not burning houses of Rakhine;
The reports about 100,000 Rakhhine hiding in monasteries because Muslims are burning their houses is absolute lie (he couldn’t emphasize this enough);
They have nothing — no Internet, no Media;
The "crisis time" was from 8-13 June;
He went around collecting data, 1040 are definitely missing, presumed dead;
2500 people injured;
Rakhine shaved hair of dead bodies of Rohingya to make them look like monks (i.e. that Rohingya killed the Rakhine);
Some people saw this and told him about it;
An ambulance driver saw this and reported it to them;
Rakhine dress like mullahs and go into Muslim villages — burn and kill;
Special services and Police Forces are working with Rakhon;
200 people died by bullets;
400 people died by sword/knife;
200 people died by being burnt alive;
No doctors, no clinics, Red Cross came 3 weeks ago;
10 people die every day in all villages from fever, malaria, illness, injuries;
People have come to his village every day just wanting food, as they have no food in their village;
Impossible to send food because they are restricted by Rakhine;
Human Rights Watch report shows images of more than 800 buildings and houseboats burned to the ground in Kyaukpyu, in western Rakhine state, on October 24, 2012.
10 people arrested, one of them was working for MSF (Doctors Without Border)
Other townships — 30 people dead, 147 arrested (that he heard of)
Eyewitness account: a mother came and sought refuge in his village, Rakhine came to her village, burnt her house, her 8 year old son was inside, he was severely burnt when she went in to get him, she managed to flee with him to the guy's village. The boy survived two days, then died (most likely due to lack of medical aid(.