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The Arakan Army (AA) forcibly enlisted 110 Rohingya youths from various villages in Northern Buthidaung Township within the past week, from 23rd April to 29th April, in Arakan state, Myanmar.

AA compelled Rohingya villagers to gather at a place and conducted meetings with them, enumerating the names of Rohingya youths. AA conducted meetings in each village of Northern Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, Myanmar.

According to a source, AA forcibly enumerated the names of 110 Rohingya youths from the Rohingya villages in northern Buthidaung Township within the previous week, and they are being taken for militia training in the base camps of AA.

One hundred ten Rohingya youths have been forcibly enumerated and compelled to join the militia training of AA from northern Buthidaung Township.

The 110 Rohingya youths who were forcibly recruited by AA have been gathered at the school of Botgyi Chaung village in Mee Chaung Zay Rohingya village in northern Buthidaung Township on 28th April 2024.

The 110 Rohingya youths are undergoing militia training for 10 days at the school of Botgyi Chaung village in Mee Chaung Zay Rohingya village in northern Buthidaung Township since 28th April. After completing their fundamental militia training for 10 days, those forcibly recruited 110 Rohingya youths by AA will be sent to the frontline against the Myanmar Military.

A person whose son was forcibly taken for training by AA said, “There are many youths who are under 18 years old and students, and they were also forced to join them. They have been taken for militia training for 10 days in the school of Botgyi Chaung village in Mee Chaung Zay Rohingya village in northern Buthidaung Township.”

He also added, “It is believed that the youths who are forcibly recruited by AA will be sent to the frontline after completing 10 days of militia training as human shields.”

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