Interfaith delegation visits Maungtaw

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27 May, 2018

An 18-member interfaith delegation composed of local and international members of  Religions for Peace (RfP) and interfaith group, accompanied by Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Cardinal Charles Bo and Rakhine State Minister U Kyaw Aye Thein, visited Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centre yesterday.

They flew to the transit centre in a Tatmadaw helicopter, and were welcomed by Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Khin Maung Tin and other officials.

At the transit centre, Maungtaw District Deputy Commissioner U Ye Htut and Project Engineer U Tin Soe reported on the readiness for repatriation, plans for accepting returnees and the resettlement plans.

The interfaith delegation raised questions on the plans for the resettlement of returnees at their original places, then aid provided to them, plans for assisting them in settling down in their original places when they return, the situation of the Islamic community who fled and have been living in peace, and raising awareness for peaceful coexistence and harmony between the various communities. The officials replied to their queries.

During their visit to Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Centre, U Soe Tun, deputy director of the administration of the reception centre, and U Ko Ko Thaw, director of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, briefed them on the facts about the centre, citizenship verification process, registration and the issuing of the national verification cards. The officials also explained the immigration works and measures taken for the displaced people to access information on NVCs.

The delegation visited the office of the Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Centre, where the NVC issuing works, biometric programme, rehabilitation and healthcare services are being carried out.

Later, the interfaith delegation, led by Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko and Cardinal Charles Bo, went to the office of the local authorities and met the Hindu families who were abducted by ARSA terrorists. At the meeting, they enquired about their security, healthcare, livelihoods, the terrorist attacks they experienced and their need for development. Later, RfP Chairman U Myint Swe presented cash assistance to the Hindu families.

The interfaith delegation also visited Pantawpyin Village, where administrator of Pantawpyin Village-tract U Annowah briefed about the construction of the Pantawpyin new village and the socio-economy of the villagers.

The members of the delegation enquired about the situation of academic education in the basic education schools, the religious Lessons provided at the Islamic schools and harmony between the various communities.

The interfaith delegation also visited Kainggyi Village ofthe Mro ethnic people and observed the situation of food safety, education and prospects for living in harmony between the different communities.

Later, the delegation flew back to Sittway in a helicopter. The interfaith delegation arrived in Sittway on 26 May to visit the reception centres and to meet the local people in Maungtaw.