301 Myanmarese boat people found adrift in Aceh

The Jakarta Post , Banda Aceh | Wed, 01/07/2009 2:18 PM | National

A group of 301 boat people from Myanmar on their way to Malaysia were found in Aceh on Tuesday night.

Local fishermen discovered the refugees adrift in a small boat off the Weh islands.

On Wednesday, Sabang mayor Munawar L. Zein said that many members of the group were suffering illnesses as they had run out of food during their voyage.

The sick are currently being treated at a local hospital, while local authorities are coordinating with Jakarta over their fate.

The group had apparently fled Myanmar because of its military junta, and were seeking a better life in Malaysia.

A similar incident occurred in 2004 when around 200 Myanmarese boat people were discovered in Aceh on their way to Malaysia. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/01/07/301-myanmarese-boat-people-found-adrift-aceh.html

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