Thursday, March 22, 2012

92 - Rohingyas Display Their Ant at Exibition in Dublin

By Mohammed Rafiq
Carlow: An exibition program was organized on 25th May 2010 by Vocational Education Committee (VEC) in Dublin for the all refugees resettled from different countries which main focus was celebration of different culture with different people. Nine culturally different ethnic groups around the world who were resettled in Ireland was invited. All the nine groups stood with their own culture. Rohingyas showed their culture with Rohingya traditional dress Minister of State for Integration The program was delighted by Mary White T.D, the Minister of State for Integration Ireland and she encouraged all the participants for their well done activities shown at the program.
Rohingya Traditional Food called (DurusKora)
The Rohingya an ethnic group of of Burma (Myanmar) showed Rohingya culture with diffirent staffs. Rohingyas were declared first place on art exibition and food cooking. They made their cultural foods and made all the participant surprised. They also showed their culture with dress and perfomance.
The Picture, drawn by Rafique which was named the best picture of the Exibition.

There were people from Sumalia, Afganistan, Iran, Philippine, and Myanmar. The Program was started at about 12 PM and came to an end at about 3 PM with full of joy and smile to each.

Villagers Forced to Work on Road Construction for Inadequate Pay

Narinjara News
Rathidaung: The Burmese military authority is currently constructing a road between Rathidaung and Ponna Kyunt Townships in Arakan State, and are forcing villagers to work on the site for small compensation, said villagers.

One villager said, "The road is being constructed by an army battalion based in Rathidaung. The army officials had forced us to work at the construction site for 500 kyat per day. The amount is very small but we have to work there out of fear of harassment by the army authority."

According to a local source, Light Infantry Battalion 536 based in Rathidaung has been constructing the road since the beginning of the dry season.

Many villagers from several villages in eastern Rathidaung Township, including Tun Ra Wai, Ba Hta Lay, Kyin Tha, Sa Owe Kya, Pri Daung, Pyr Chaung Gri, and Upper Nga Ga Mouk, have been working on the road construction daily for the inadequate pay.

Army officials summoned the villagers through the village administration council, or Rayaka, to work on the construction sites. At least 20 laborers from each village near the road construction must be sent to work everyday on the road.

Villagers have been put to work at many tasks at the construction site, including digging, carrying rocks, dirt, and cement, as well as building road embankments. Work is from 8 am to 5 pm everyday, but workers are given one hour at noon for lunch.

"We have to work as hard laborers at the construction sites, but the pay is very low. A day laborer in area receives 2,000 kyat per day in wages at present. The authority refuses to pay the full scale amount to us, and we are unable to ask for the full pay rate," he said.

An official from Rathidaung said that he received information from locals that army officials were forcing villagers to work on the road construction at a rate of 500 kyat per villager per day, adding that, "The military government seems to pay full scale to laborers at local rates, but it is monopolized and exploited by the army officials for their own interests."

The road link between Rathidaung and Ponna Kyunt will connect with the Sittwe and Rangoon highway to improve transportation in the region. The road link is over 22 miles long.

In Arakan State, the use of forced labor by military authorities has appeared to diminish after the ILO pressured the government, but local authorities compel villagers to work at below-scale pay in order to avoid blame from the ILO or international community.

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