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More Rohingya Boats could Leave for Malaysia as Genocide in Myanmar Continues

The Rohingya that stopped at the Thai island of 'Koh Lanta' on Saturday (Assadawuth Suden/Associated Press)

RB News
April 3, 2018

Akyab (Sittwe)/Cox's Bazaar -- More Rohingya boats are likely to leave for Malaysia before monsoon as the Genocide against them continues in Myanmar and their situation in Bangladesh also remains extremely miserable.

On March 24, 2018, one Rohingya boat left from 'Thae Chaung' beach of Akyab (Sittwe) with about 56 people on board. After one week of sailing across the sea, on Saturday (Mar 31), the boat reached to Thailand and stopped at one of its island, 'Koh Lanta' island, as it had been hit by a storm. The Thai authorities pushed it back to the sea after giving them temporary shelter, according to reports.

"There were more than 100 people preparing to leave by the boat. But the Police followed them when they were going to the ‘Thae Choung’ beach to catch the boat. So, they got dispersed and only 56 people managed to get on the boat, and the rest were left behind," said a local Rohingya in Akyab (Sittwe).

"There are more boats likely to leave. But the securities are very tight as of now," he added.

Meanwhile, sources say that many Rohingya boats are also likely to leave from Bangladesh. About 700,000 Rohingyas have left their homelands in Myanmar since August 2017 to escape from the Genocide being carried out by the Myanmar Military and Security Forces.

"Many boats with Rohingya genocide survivors could leave from Bangladesh soon. But the securities in the south-eastern parts of Bangladesh are very tight as patrolling by the BGB and the Coast-Guards have been very high since last year.
"So, they could choose alternative exit points. And those exit points could be from Cox's Bazaar up to Chittagong," said Nazmul Hassan, a Rohingya activist in Cox's Bazaar.

According to AP Report, Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have stepped up patrols to intercept the boat that the Thailand set adrift to the sea on Sunday.

[Reported by Saed Arakani & Sabit Hamid; Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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