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02 Aug 2020


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The bloodshed must halt

Phadu Tun Aung 08 Apr 2019


Written by Phadu Tun Aung

Police members in a compound were gazing at passengers. Some were sitting in a bunker, their eyes moved everywhere.

The ground in the compound was tainted with blood. The place is Yoetayoke police outpost in Ponnagyun Township where few people through it.

The security outpost was attacked by the Arakan Army (AA) on March 9 at around 11 p.m, nine police officers were killed and two were wounded.  An ethnic armed group comprised of about 60 members engaged in a fifty-minute-assault. The AA commandeered some arms and ammunition while the head of the police outpost survived and one member went missing.

Police lance corporal Aung Kyaw Mya, with 20-years’ experience in the police force, was one of the nine dead. He leaves behind his wife with two daughters; the elder is a second-year student in a University and the younger is sitting for matriculation exams.

On a fateful night, gunshot sounds alarmed villagers but they didn’t pursue the cause of gunfire. The wife of Police lance corporal Aung Kyaw Mya figured her husband was safe, but she was seeking a safe haven from the gunfire.

“Everybody was shocked. I was afraid of going outside, so I got into the house to sleep,” said Daw Ma Ohn Khin, wife of police lance corporal Aung Kyaw Mya.

The bullets from the attack shattered glass belonging to some houses near the police outpost. Some residents were hiding under their homes.

“We were scared of the shooting, I couldn’t sleep all night,” a woman who lived near the police outpost recalled.

In the morning, villagers including Aung Kyaw Mya’s mother came and saw the situation in the police outpost. When she saw her son-in-law was dead, she rushed to her daughter and told her the horrible news. 

“My mother told me to go to the police outpost to know what was happening because some people were crying there. She first told me my husband was dead,” Daw Ma Ohn Khin said. 

At first, the younger daughter did not know about her father’s death because she was sitting for her exam in Kyauktaw town. However, they let her know immediately so she would not have to endure more anguish if she learned about the tragedy latter. So, she returned home for her father’s funeral.  

“I don’t want her feeling so grief stricken. They loved each other very, very much, I know how much sorrow she must bear right now. I’m also emotionally torn apart by this but I don’t want her to feel how I feel. I let her know about her father’s funeral,” Daw Ma Ohn Khin said.

Police Lance Corporal Aung Kyaw Mya was buried in the afternoon. But family members could not stay in the cemetery till the end of funeral ceremony. They all had to run and hide in their homes because military helicopters were looming in the sky.

“He wasn’t on the frontlines. He was killed in the police station. So, I am so sad,” Daw Ma Ohn Khin said.

The headquarters of the AA did not give orders to attack the Yoetayoke police outpost. The lower ranked members of the AA made their own decision. So, authorities from their headquarters are investigating its members about the attack.

“We have been informed about the assault. Normally we do not order them to attack police stations in villages. Now we are investigating this case,” AA spokesperson Khaing Thukha told the DMG. 

Khaing Thukha predicted that members of the AA might have assaulted the police outpost following the deadly battles with the Tatmadaw on March 9 where they suffered heavy casualties; they might attack the security outpost because the police were under the command of the Tatmadaw. Also, they might take action against some police officers who have been involved in oppressing Rakhine people because the government was using the police force to do so.

During the attack, a policeman went missing. The AA was investigating if its members arrested the police or not, he added.

Police colonel Kyi Lin, head of Rakhine State Police Force, said that they were reconsidering why the AA launched an attack on Yoetayote police outpost, and they thought that the AA might attack the security outpost because they were against the rule of law in the region or they did not want police to serve for regional security.

“The Police is working to enforce the rule of law, not random fighting. So, the enemy can easily attack police. Since they forcefully attacked a small security outpost, it’s likely that they don’t want the rule of law in the region,” said the Rakhine State Police Chief.

In the wake of the AA’s attack on Yoetayoke police outpost, Rakhine State Police Force withdrew police from its remote outposts in Kyauktaw, Minbya, Ponnagyun and Myebon Townships to merge into a stronger force in other police stations.

“We need to take care of security, so we temporary closed our outposts in remote areas and police from these outposts are transferred to other police stations. The number of police in an outpost ranges from 5 to 10. So, we have to consolidate our forces so they’re strong enough to provide security for the region,” police colonel Kyi Lin said.

The AA attacked four police outposts in Buthidaung Township on January 4, resulting in police casualties.

The AA said that they conducted a counter attack because military troops had been positioned at four security outposts. In spite of being border guard police outposts, some security guards intimidated and persecuted civilians and the Tatmadaw used a large number of troops in launching a fierce attack against the AA.

Currently, the hostility in Rakhine State is intensifying, casualties are increasing and more civilians are being arrested for alleged affiliations with the AA. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Thus, Arakanese politicians have urged to cease armed conflicts in the region and to seek a solution at the negotiation table. 

Daw Ma Ohn Khin, wife of late Police Lance Corporal Aung Kyaw Mya, is one of the supporters for peaceful negotiations.

“If they reach a mutual understanding, we can find relief. Now, we just hear about the loss of lives very often here. My husband was also killed,” she said. 

She knows why armed conflict broke out in the region, but she requested to cease the hostilities between authorities and the ethnic armed group.

“I’d like to request hostilities to cease in our region.  The AA are allegedly the bad guys. But they are fighting for territorial protection of Arakanese people. The police are also working for the country. I do not want people killed during armed conflicts,” she said.



Due to intensified battle, novitation ceremony is silenced

Khaing Roe La 14 Mar 2019


Khaing Roe La/ DMG
March 14, Sittwe

Since the armed conflict near Buddhaw village in Ponnagyun Township has been occurring for seven consecutive days and government jet fighters have been bombarding villages even at night, villagers had to celebrate novitiation ceremonies quietly, a village administrator told the DMG.

A family from Lan Paik Khwin has arranged to celebrate the religious ceremony on March 13 and 14, but guests were not in attendance for the auspicious event because villagers who fear for their safety were displaced during the intense fighting.

Villagers fled to their relatives’ houses located far from the conflict area in the early morning as they heard firing and bombing throughout the night, said, U Maung Win Aye, administrator of Lan Paik Khwin village.

“The fighting lasted the whole night. We thought that jet fighters were firing shells at us. The boys could not move through the village for the ceremonial procession. The ceremony was held in fear: the boy’s head was shaven in silence and the marquee for the reception had been dismantled,” he said.

The fighting was about one mile far from the village and there were continuous firing and bombing with jet fighters till today, villagers said.

The family, with tears in their eyes, participating in the ceremony were sad and distraught. The ceremonial feast food was left in disarray, the village administrator said.

Local residents from Buddhaw, Chaung Tu, Day Wun, Maw Ywar, Lan Paik Khwin, Mee Yat Pyin and other villages located near the conflict zone fled to other villages far from the fighting, according to locals.

There are more than12,000 IPDs due to the continual and intense clashes between the Myanmar Army and Arakan Army in Rakhine State now according to relief organizations. They are all in serious and immediate need of assistance for food, accommodations and other life saving things.

Background of DMG

The Arakan Times 21 Mar 2018


Development Media Group (DMG) was founded on the Thai-Myanmar border on 9 January 2012, in accordance with the current requirements of Arakan (Rakhine) State, by both residents inside the country, and former residents now in exile, who see value in meaningful quality media and applying news media as a powerful resource for regional stability, peace-making, and holistic and sustainable development. 

Furthermore, the Development News Bulletin (from January to March 2012) continuing as the Development Newsletter (from April to June 2012) were published monthly in the city of Mae Sot on the Thai-Myanmar border. In that same year, the publications continued as the Development News Journal, which was released monthly, both inside and outside Myanmar, until December 2013. 

In December 2014, the journal was officially registered in Myanmar and, twice a month published both internally and externally, from our bases in Yangon and Sittwe, up to September 2016. However, the publication was suspended due to financial difficulties in October 2016. 

Our efforts were then concentrated on the DTV News Television programme beginning in January 2017. We then started republishing the Development News Journal in March 2018 and in July 2019, we temporarily suspended publication of the journal due to the delay of issuing the publishing license by the Patent Rights and Registration Branch from the Department of Information and Public Relations under the Ministry of Information.

The is the English version website and is the Burmese version website of DMG.

Editorial Policy/ Editor’s Perspective

Our news agency is committed to disseminating news, photos, data and documentaries in a professional and respectful manner in accordance with media ethics, avoiding any conflicts, controversy, and disrespect, in terms of political, racial, religious, cultural, traditional, historical, social viewpoints or beliefs, with regards to accurate and truthful news coverage. Unbiased news that adversely affects our character and reputation will not be tolerated. Only then, will the public gain faith in our news agency, and the government will show its approval and patronage. In addition, respect and acknowledgement from the international community will also be supportive.


To be a free, independent and impartial media organization for regional peace and stability, and holistic and sustainable development, in all areas of news broadcasting and television programmes concerning Arakan’s affairs. 


In addition to presenting news focusing on political, environmental, economic and social conditions and the preservation of cultural history, we envision creating a society grounded in human rights, equality and justice, and we profoundly believe in the power of media, and its ability to inform the general public which is needed for the lasting peace and all-around development of the entire State of Arakan (Rakhine).


  • To make information on the issues of Arakan known to people, especially those which successive governments and mainstream media have been neglecting for years 
  • To help our media sector keep abreast of mainstream and international media trends and attitudes
  • To assist state and central governments, including those of other nationalities of Myanmar, in realizing the everyday issues and concerns of Arakanese people, and to provide much needed support
  • To give timely attention to the people of Arakan and Myanmar, and the international community, as to the circumstances and violations of the rights of Arakanese people, and as well, to the potential of environmental destruction under the guise of development and modernization.
  • To closely monitor development measures of the state and union governments, and with regards to Arakan State, to report necessary and relevant conditions to the public
  • To raise the socio-economic status of Arakan’s most disadvantaged and afflicted communities, and to report timely news on current situations certain communities are dealing with
  • To change the perspective of, and lead to the constructive opinions of, the international community regarding the people of Arakan (Rakhine) concerning the Muslim conflicts/issues, with the benefits of renewed humanitarian assistance
  • To report with checks and balances on the sensitive issues of Muslims, and Arakan’s national politics, by the news media 
  • To promote the involvement of women in the development of Arakan’s media and culture

Plans of Action

  • Striving constantly to enhance the national-level news media sector via capacity building. 
  • Imparting knowledge to people by publishing newspapers, journals, still photos and audio-visual documentaries 
  • Uncovering, discovering and interpreting cultural and historical ruins, artifacts and icons
  • Making people aware of the importance and value of media, and how to understand it in an objective and nonpartisan manner
  • Organizing educative programmes from the media’s perspective utilizing the data and information available
  • Organizing media roundtable discussions and debates inviting experts from different levels and fields (political, economic, social experts, experts from government departments, and so on) in relation to current situations (i.e. regional peace, stability and development) of Arakan 
  • To build on our efforts to prevent racial and religious conflicts and/or discrimination and to bring about peace, stability and sustainable development
  • Working hard to build up a database in respect to Arakan’s affairs (i.e. socio-economy, natural environment, peace restoration, development, etc.)


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