2.JANUARY 2013 A group of Rohingya boatpeople who ran out of fuel as they passed Phuket on a voyage seeking a new life were being trucked back towards Burma in tears this afternoon.Once the formalities of their expulsion were concluded, the 73 adults and children boarded two trucks and left Phuket Immigration headquarters in Phuket City at 4pm.
The group included 14 females, some of them among the 16 children. There were 10 children under the age of 10, including three just three years old.
It was the first time family groups have been sighted, with thousands of oppressed Rohingya now taking to the sea in record numbers.
The decision was made last night to treat the Rohingya group as though they had landed in Thailand. They had been intercepted at sea off southern Phuket after their boat’s motor ran out of fuel.