Monks torch ancient mosque

24th Dec 2013


By Aishah Ali


A two century old mosque was burned down by Buddhist extremist monks in a village in Maungdow, western Myanmar (Burma). The old mosque became yet another target in the continued wave of anti-Muslim violence in the region.


The first target, on November 23, was the Rohingya populated Maungdaw Municipal Market, western Arakan State. Many shops were looted and set ablaze by a mob of about 300.


Witnesses say Buddists targeted Rohingyan Muslim buildings one by one, then made their way to the historical Hakim Ali mosque in the village of Myo Thu Gyi, at the southern part of Maungdaw-Buthidaung Highway and 1km from the monastery of ‘Three-Mile Quarter’, was ransacked and set alight.


On the same day the EU Commission announced to provide further humanitarian funding to the region. The $4m funding is aimed at assisting the victims in the on-going violence in this western Myanmar state.


According to the UN, more than 140,000 minority people have now been displaced since June 2012 from the province, and 115,000 displaced now live in numerous camps in the northern Kachin State. The UN has called the Rohingya Muslims living in the Arakan province, bordering with Bangladesh, as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

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