President of Bangladesh originated Feyz Aid Foundation, which provides help to the Muslims in Arakan, Muhammed Idris has explained the Muslims in Myanmar and the policy of Bangladesh towards the Muslims.
In his interview to Times of Turkey, Idris said that Muslims living in the Arakan and other regions of Myanmar are under the systematic oppression of state. Idris said: “State does not want Muslims to be educated or to enrich themselves”. Idris gave information about Muslims in Arakan and Myanmar in general: “There are 2 million Muslims in Myanmar. 1,5 million of them are living in Arakan. The Muslims in Arakan are under oppression. But, none of the newspapers or media organs in Myanmar report about this. Muslim kids in Myanmar have to change their names after fourth grade. Because they cannot go to school if others know they are Muslim. Therefore, Muslim children who wish to be educated are obliged to change their names. Also, those who have Muslim names such as Muhammad cannot obtain passports. For instance, when a Muslim whose name is Osama receives a passport, his name is changed as Piyasono. After the massacre in 2012, madrasahs were shut down. State does not want Muslims to be educated or to become rich.”
HOUSES OF 100 MUSLIMS WERE BURNED DOWN
Idris mentioned that thousands of Muslims were murdered and displaced in the Buddhist attack supported by the government in 2012 and he explained the events as follows: “15 thousand Muslims were murdered in 2012 massacre. 100 thousand houses were burned. Then, state claimed that the Muslims whose houses were burned came from other countries and did not consider them as its citizens. Then, these Muslims of Arakan wanted to come to Bangladesh. They had to pass the river for this. Some Muslim brothers drown in the river. Bangladesh has a huge population but a relatively small land. In 2012, when the big massacre happened, many Muslims wanted to come to Bangladesh but state did not allow this.”
BANGLADESH FEARS THAT ALL ARAKAN RESIDENTS WILL COME
Muslims in Myanmar want to take refuge in Bangladeshi which they consider as a salvation. But the government of Bangladesh prevents this. Idris explained why Bangladesh is doing this: “The reason why the government wants to prevent the aids coming from other countries to 300 thousand Arakan citizens is to refrain from any further migrations from Arakan to Bangladesh. Bangladeshi government is afraid that more aid and help will make Bangladesh more attractive for other Muslims in Arakan. Therefore, some aid and help organizations are not allowed to enter the region”.