The Thai government has consistently denied rounding up Burmese refugees and dragging them out to sea in ramshackle boats, effectively leaving them to drown, in an attempt to stop them settling in Thailand. Now, new photographic evidence seems to confirm these stories:
“Human rights groups believe that up to 600 members of the ethnic Rohingya minority drowned after being caught by the Thai military while fleeing persecution in their native Burma. Nearly 1,000 migrants are known to have set off from the Burmese coast in two groups last month but there are fears that many more are missing.
Several hundred survivors have been rescued off the Indian Andaman Islands and the coast of Indonesia after drifting for days without food, water or engines.”
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