Myanmar reopened schools for Rakhine children, but Rohingya still flee

Vastavam web: Myanmar has reopened schools for ethnic Rakhine children in townships hit hard by recent communal violence declaring “stability” has returned, state- backed media said today, but thousands of Rohingya Muslims remain on the move from the same areas.Rakhine state has been torn apart after unrest erupted in late August, when raids by Rohingya militants sparked a massive army crackdown which the UN says is tantamount to “ethnic cleansing”.Violence has also displaced nearly 30,000 ethnic Rakhine, who are Buddhists, and Hindus inside the state.
Education officials said schools had reopened in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships “as stability returns” in the epicentre of the violence, according to a report by the Global New Light of Myanmar on Sunday.The Rohingya are not recognised as an ethnic group and are instead labelled by the state as “Bengalis”, stripping them of legal status in Myanmar.More than 2,000 Rohingya many from Buthidaung have massed on the coast over the last week hoping to make the dangerous transit to Bangladesh as basic supplies dry up and they receive threats from their Rakhine neighbours.The government has said officials have tried to talk them out of leaving, but they remain determined to make the perilous journey.
Access to violence-hit northern Rakhine is tightly controlled by Myanmar’s army, preventing independent reporting by global media and assessment by aid agencies.On Monday UN representatives are set to join relief agencies and diplomats on a government-steered trip to Rakhine their first to the conflict-battered area.