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Burma election: Rohingya Muslims look to sea not ballot box as new wave of Asian 'boat people' prepares to flee - Telegraph

8.11.15

Burma election: Rohingya Muslims look to sea not ballot box as new wave of Asian 'boat people' prepares to flee - Telegraph: Even if the rickety overcrowded vessels do not sink in the waters of the Andaman Sea, there is the risk of death from starvation, disease and beatings during the voyage.

And those who make it to land in Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia could then face the risk of another hellish ordeal, held for ransom at jungle camps by trafficker gangs or sold off as slave labour.

But so desperate and pitiful are the conditions for the stateless Muslim minority, held in squalid internment camps in predominantly Buddhist Burma, that Yasmin is determined to join Asia’s next wave of “boat people”.


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