Rohingya Migrants Stranded At Sea: Death Inches Closer As We Remain Silent
The images you are about to see perhaps reflect the most insensitive and callous attitude human beings can show towards misery and deprivation caused by our silence, ironically, without being ignorant. Around 400 souls including women and children are dancing around death in a ship in the Andaman Sea since last week, without any food, water, sanitation facilities and healthcare, as no country – Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh – wants them on their land.
Reports say that with no food and water available, many desperate voyagers are drinking their urine to survive. Aljazeera reported that a person on board, “went crazy” and jumped to death in the sea.
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The fishermen who spoke to the BBC said that:
“We have been told by Indonesian officers that even the refugees are drowning in front of our eyes, to save them would be illegal.”
Fishermen in Aceh region at last week, had rescued 700 people from the sea.
However, without giving his name, a fisherman, despite this ban, he said that : “They’re human beings, we have to rescue them, we will continue to rescue them”
8.000 migrants stranded on the sea
According to estimate of International Organization for Migration, IOM, it is believed 8 thousand immigrants stranded in the sea around Myanmar and Bangladesh.