The rainy season has helped replace much of the scorched earth with lush green fields, and rampant bulldozer and construction work throughout the state has largely wiped out all the memories of the Rohingya Muslims who lived there until they had to flee a year.
CNN joined a government-led tour of the severely restricted area in late September, part of an attempt by authorities to convince the media – and the rest of the world – that the allegations of genocide are wrong.
CNN drove on a government tour of the northern Rakhine State, where stains from blackened trees – the remains of burnt Rohingya villages – are visible from the street.
Our Visit Comes A Week Later A UN investigation mission on Myanmar submitted its full report, which contained evidence that the military mass rapes, murders and arson in villages during so-called "eviction" in response to alleged "terrorist [Citation needed] Rohingya militants committed last August
The UN report alleges that more than 10,000 people have been killed, 720,000 have fled to Bangladesh and have ordered the conviction of military generals in an international tribunal for "genocide, crimes against the Humanity and war crimes ". Myanmar's de facto leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has rejected the mission and its findings.
Place of massacre
One of the massacres listed in the UN report took place at the Inn Din as a first stop on the media tour.
"Men, women and children were killed and wounded, shot dead, stabbed or cut with large knives and swords," the report says.
CNN asked to show the location of the tomb, but the locals said it was not allowed because evil spirits were released. Rakhine Buddhist villagers became increasingly excited and shouted that we should leave the area.
The Rakhine villagers are today the only remaining inhabitants of the Din where 7,000 people used to live, including 90% Rohingya.
Inn Din had a total population of 7,000 people, 90% of whom were Rohingya. Well, there is nothing left of the Rohingya and their houses. The Buddhist areas remain untouched.
The Rakhine Buddhist villagers who stayed were not surprised to see us there and hinted that they had been warned before our visit.
A Buddhist Rakhine man, Nay Phyu, told CNN that the Rohingya were responsible for the crackdown. 19659002] "Kalars (Rohingya) began to threaten the Tatmadaw (army)," he said. "The Muslims used loudspeakers to declare that they would celebrate by slaughtering and cooking the Rakhine soldiers and people."
Hla Tun, another Rakhine villager, also had deep disapproval of the fled population.
Nay Phyu, a villager from Inn Din, says the media told just the history of the Rohingya, and do not reflect the feelings of the Rakhine Buddhists.
"Rakhine people are crying," he said. "Everything was taken over by Kalars (Rohingya)."
This feeling of injustice is in part due to the long-standing belief in Myanmar that the Rohingya receive more aid from international groups, despite the austerity of the Rakhine people.
This anger is fueled by government propaganda portraying Rohingya Muslims as an existential threat to Buddhism and describing the stateless minority as illegal Bengali migrants, despite their hundreds of years of tracing their roots in Myanmar.
Myanmar's commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing even said during the crackdown that "the Bengali problem was a long-standing problem".