Migrants that were rescued from a sinking boat off Indonesia narrated about horrific condition and a huge fight for the last remaining food when more that 100 people were killed.
Migrants that were rescued from a sinking boat off Indonesia narrated about horrific condition and a huge fight for the last remaining food when more that 100 people were killed. Survivors said that people were stabbed, hanged or thrown overboard.
At the moment it is estimated that thousands of migrants are being adrift in South East Asian waters without permission to land. The aim of 700 rescued migrants had been to land in Malaysia, but the local navy drove them away. Indonesian authorities are currently processing these people from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Many of the Bangladeshis at sea are supposed to be economic migrants.
During approximately two months the boat fulfilled with people had been at sea when it was rescued thank to Indonesian fishermen, who reported about it on Friday. The crew deserted from the shipboard a few days before the rescuing.
Majority of survivors, who now are being sheltered in warehouses on the shore in Langsa, is suffering from malnutrition and dehydration.
Malaysian Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, stated on Sunday that before the boat crisis is brought to the international level he hoped to discuss it with Myanmar, which government said not to be responsible for the situation and it might not attend a forthcoming summit on the issue.
The Association of South-east Asian Nations is currently chaired by Malaysia. Malaysian Foreign Minister, Mr Aman, said after talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali that they were asking Myanmar to participate in finding a solution.
Rohingya Muslims are not recognized as citizens of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, formerly known as Birma, and severely persecuted, while Bangladeshis are escaping economic problems.
At least five people-smuggling boats with near 1,000 migrants were reported to moor off the northern coast of Myanmar early on Sunday. Thailand and Malaysia are stopping the boats landing, so the smugglers are forced to make the journey but refuse to release those on board unless ransoms are paid.