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GordMay 05-06-2021 03:31

Re: Refugees at Sea
Months at sea: Boat carrying Rohingya washes up in Indonesia

A boat carrying 81 Rohingya refugees has washed ashore at an uninhabited island [Idaman Island] in Indonesia after drifting for more than 100 days at sea, leading to a tense standoff with local authorities as to whether they will be allowed to enter the country [Indonesia] or be driven back to sea.

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GordMay 20-08-2021 03:08

Re: Refugees at Sea
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that 2020 was the deadliest year on record for refugees crossing the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, the favoured sea route for Rohingya, attempting to reach Southeast Asia, from the sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Of the 2,413 people known to have travelled in 2020, 218 died or went missing at sea, the UNHCR said in a new report: “Left Adrift at Sea: Dangerous Journeys of Refugees Across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea” [1], which was released on Thursday. That made an already dangerous journey eight times more deadly than in 2019.

The agency noted that many countries, in Southeast Asia, tightened their borders, as part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many refugees stranded at sea. That number was the highest since the region’s “boat crisis” of 2015.

In contrast to earlier periods, where most of those travelling were men, the UN said the majority of passengers were now women and children, who were at greater risk of abuse by smugglers.

[1] “Left Adrift at Sea: Dangerous Journeys of Refugees Across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea January 2020 - June 2021" ~ by UNHCR

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