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Thousands of Migrants from Bangladesh, Burma Stranded at Sea

HeadlineMay 15, 2015

More than 700 migrants from Bangladesh and Burma have reportedly been rescued from a sinking boat off the coast of Indonesia while thousands remain adrift in the region. Indonesia and Malaysia have turned away vessels laden with starving and dehydrated migrants, many from Burma’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, who are not considered citizens in Burma and are effectively stateless. Between 6,000 and 20,000 people are believed to be at sea in the region, rejected by countries in what advocates call a deadly game of “ping-pong.”

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