150 Rohingya stranded in a broken boat near Andaman

150 Rohingya stranded in a broken boat near Andaman: 20 died of hunger and thirst, demanded rescue from many countries

Dec 23, 2022 - 22:52
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150 Rohingya stranded in a broken boat near Andaman

About 150 Rohingya are trapped in a broken boat near the Andaman Islands of India. According to the United Nations (UN), about 20 of these people have died due to hunger and thirst and drowning in water. This boat had left for Indonesia or Malaysia, about a thousand miles away from Bangladesh. But on December 4, the engine of the boat failed, after which the boat is stuck in the sea.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has sought to rescue these people by sending rescue missions from India, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. But so far no help has been received by the stranded people.
Rohingya Working Group of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network said – This group of 150 people has been wandering in the sea without food and drink for two weeks. Lillian Fan, the president of this group, said - We are hoping that the Indian Navy or Coast Guard will rescue them soon. Only last week, the Sri Lankan Navy rescued a boat on which hundreds of Rohingyas were aboard.
Millions of Rohingya refugees live in refugee camps built in Cox's Bazar city of Bangladesh. But there they are not allowed to do jobs for higher education and employment. There is strict control over their coming and going. So many Rohingya try to go to Southeast Asia illegally by sea. The number of such Rohingyas has increased in the last months.
Priyali Sur, the founder of Azadi Project, which works for refugees, says – The truth is that no country wants to keep them here. We have seen this happen before also. At the same time, Chris Leiva, director of the Arkan Project, which supports the Rohingyas, says – it is very terribly bad. People are losing their lives due to hunger and thirst.
In 2018, there was a large-scale military crackdown on the Rohingyas in Myanmar. They were mass murdered and raped. After this, more than 7 lakh Rohingyas had gone to the neighbouring country Bangladesh after saving their lives. Where they have to live in dirty refugee camps.
Still every year many Muslim minority Rohingyas try to leave Myanmar risking their lives. These people sit in dilapidated boats and try to go to other countries by sea.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer