Migrants ‘drinking their own urine’ to survive – independent.co.uk

21 May

independent.co.uk

Myanmar Muslim migrants abandoned at sea have been ‘drinking their own urine’ to survive after Thailand refuses boat entry.

An estimated 6,000 Myanmar refugees stranded. photo by independent.co.uk

An estimated 6,000 Myanmar refugees stranded. photo by independent.co.uk

Migrants abandoned at sea

Myanmar migrants left abandoned at sea after being refused entry to Thailand have been forced to drink their own urine to survive, it has been reported.

At least ten people have died on the fishing boat which has been stranded in the Andaman Sea for the last week with up to 350 Rohingya Muslims on board, the BBC has reported.

An estimated 6,000 Myanmar refugees have been left abandoned as other countries in Southeast Asia turn boats carrying hundreds of people away.

The region finds itself in a spiralling humanitarian crisis as members of Myanmar’s 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims attempt to flee persecution in the Buddhist-majority country.

According to reports, more than 120,000 members of the Muslim minority have boarded ships to other countries in a bid to escape.

Smugglers however have now started to abandon ships, leaving migrants to fend themselves, in the face of a crackdown by the security forces of other countries.

According to Associated Press, while Thailand kept a large vessel carrying hundreds of hungry people at bay, a further two boats crammed with Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis were also left with nowhere to go after being turned away from Malaysia.

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