Massacres on the Burma Muslims Part 2

Veröffentlicht: 1. Februar 2013 in Uncategorized

Taken from Burma Task Force

UN Agency Provides Glimpse of Inside-Life for Rohingya Refugees
The UN refugee agency has been releasing reports from inside Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, where many have been living for years after being forced to leave their native Burmese homes.

According to those in exile – about 30,000 – the biggest roadblock to any sort of independence is lack of access to education.

“There are more and more boys like me in the camp,” said Hasan Sharif, 16, whose family fled Rakhine state in the 1990s. “They don’t have anything. They want to get a secondary certificate. They hope to be engineers, pilots, sailors. But if they don’t get an opportunity for some education outside of the camp, how can they improve their life?”

This desperation is causing even more Rohingya to flee from these camps and their ancestral homes in Burma. They are taking to the seas, turning over their lives to the unknown waters and human traffickers.

“They sail in search of safety, education, a better life, a future. But many die along the way. Those who survive face the prospect of detention, bonded labour or furtive lives as undocumented workers in an alien country.

In 2012, an estimated 13,000 people – among them the Rohingya from western Myanmar as well as Bangladeshi nationals – left the Bay of Bengal on smugglers‘ boats. Given the rough seas and often rickety condition of the boats, many never made it to their destination. Some 485 people are reported to have drowned in four boat accidents in the Bay of Bengal, though the real death toll is believed to be much higher.”

Taken from Bangkok Post :

96 more Rohingya found at sea

Published: 26 Jan 2013 at 18.28
Online news:

PHANGNGA – Security forces on Saturday rounded up another 96 Rohingya migrants in the Andaman Sea, the fourth group to reach southern Thailand in less than a month, Spring News Agency reported.

The 62 men, six women and 28 children were found in a long-tailed boat floating north of Koh Ra in tambon Koh Phra Thong of Takua Pa district.

All of them were in exhausted condition and some were sick.

The migrants were arrested by a team made up of border patrol, marine police and administrative officers after they had been alerted to the suspicious vessel.

The refugees had left Arakan State in western Myanmar on Jan 1, aiming to come ashore in either Thailand or Malaysia. They wanted to look for jobs after their houses and property had been occupied by Myanmar authorities, Spring News reported, quoting local authorities.

The illegal migrants, who are in poor physical condition, had brought only fresh water and uncooked rice with them during the 26-day sea journey.

Officials gave them food and water before sending them to a temporary shelter in Khura Buri district, where they later received health checkups by medical personnel. Doctors gave saline solution to 12 sickened Rohingya.

Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said earlier that a total of 1,390 illegal Rohingya migrants including children were currently in authorities’ custody. Saturday’s arrest has raised the total to almost 1,500.

Mr Surapong announced on Friday that Thailand would shelter the Royingya for six months and seek talks with Myanmar and other countries to settle the fate of the illegal migrants.

The decision was reached in talks between the Foreign Ministry and other security agencies amid growing calls for Thailand not to turn the migrants away after they have entered the kingdom.

The government will set aside a budget of 12 million baht or 75 baht a day for each of the migrants for a daily allowance.

Bangkok will hold talks with international agencies including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. It would also approach third countries willing to give the migrants a new home, the minister said.

The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in Myanmar. Most of them live in Rakhine state in the west and face brutal treatment from Myanmar authorities, including the reluctance of Nay Pyi Taw to grant them citizenship.

The current crisis came to light after authorities rounded up more than 900 Rohingya in separate operations in Songkhla as they were waiting to be sent to work in Malaysia.

A police investigation found some Thai army soldiers were linked to trafficking them from Myanmar to Malaysia through Thailand. Two of them based in the southernmost region are being probed in connection with the issue.

Source :
http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/332776/96-more-rohingya-found-at-sea

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