Boat Carrying Rohingyas Intercepted Near Andaman

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Boat Carrying Rohingyas Intercepted Near Andaman

| Updated: December 26, 2023 12:36

The office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has thanked India for rescuing 185 Rohingya women and children off the shore near Adnaman and Nicobar islands in the Indian ocean. Out of the people rescued, 70 were children and 88 were women and around 12 were in critical condition.

While the boat was fortunate to have been rescued, it is reported that another boat carrying Rohingya refugees could not be traced.

The Rohingya muslims, perscuted in Mynamar are fleeing in hordes to the countries nearby such as India and Bangladesh. Desparate to escape from horrible conditions in Mynmar, the Rohingya are undertaking risky journeys, trying to reach Malaysia or Indonesia.

The boat carrying suspected Rohingyas, starting from Bangladesh on the way to Indonesia was intercepted near Andaman by Indian coastal security agencies. The marine police towed the boat as it was unfit for further journey due to technical snag. The rescued passengers were held in Port Blair in a temporary shelter.

North Indonesia is receiving steady stream of Rohingya regugees since some months now. Only in two months, 1,500 Rohingya refugees including women and children are reported to have fled the Bangladesh refugee camps.

With increasing Rohingya attempting sea route to escape from violence and hunger in the refugee camps of Bangladesh, it is not clear how many boats sank enroute.

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