Fate of the Rohingya at sea

Rohingya on a Boat

Rohingya on a Boat
Rohingya on a Boat

Similar to the EU washing its hands off the refugees trying to cross from Libya into the relative safety of Europe. a similar but worse fate is facing the Rohingya.

It has now been a few years since the oppression of the Rohingya has come to the fore - from around the time the brutal military regime controling Myanmar "democratised", The Rohingya are the current bogeymen of Myanmar.

They have been persecuted, robbed of their rights and are not considered citizens of the country despite their presence being traced back to these locations for atleast a thousand years.

Without rights and in the face of persecution, many Rohigya have tried to flee, but the neighbouring countries - many poorer than the EU and all without the same record on civil liberties and human rights - have turned them away. They would rather ignore their existence.

The latest escalation in all of this is many Rohingya who tried to flee by boat. The authorities of their intended destinations are now allowing them to continue, the places they have come from are not allowing them to return the the smugglers who put them on the boats are now allowing them to leave without further payment.

These people are noe struck on boats with little resources and nowhere to go. As the food runs out, there will be chaos as people die or are killed tdue to the lack of food.

In the meantime, some of the governments not allowing the refugees to reach their shores have decided to set up an emergency international conference that takes place at the end of the month - when the fates of those already at sea would already been decided.


'They hit us, with hammers, by knife': Rohingya migrants tell of horror at sea

Up to 8,000 are believed to be stuck off Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian coasts, and those who made it to shore describe violence and starvation

Crowded under tarpaulin tents strewn with rubbish and boxes of water, the Burmese and Bangladeshi migrants speak of horrors at sea: of murders, of killing each other over scarce supplies of food and water, of corpses thrown overboard.

“One family was beaten to death with wooden planks from the boat, a father, a mother and their son,” says Mohammad Amin, 35. “And then they threw the bodies into the ocean.”

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"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.