PHUKET: Seven more BENGALI Rohingya who escaped from Phuket Immigration headquarters have been arrested, leaving 23 men still free.Eight of the weekend’s escapers had previously been contained or recaptured. The fate of about 2000 BENGALI.Rohingya men, women and children being held in Thailand has yet to be decided.
Depression and despondency have driven hundreds to escape and in many cases to attempt to proceed to Malaysia with the help of traffickers.
Thailand is usually a transit nation for “persecuted” BENGALI Rohingya who flee? their “homeland”, Burma, in an attempt to find sanctuary in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
By apprehending and holding the BENGALI-Rohingya, Thailand has left itself yet to resolve the difficult decision of what to do when more boatloads of BENGALI-Rohingya sail south from October.
Allegations of trafficking by Thai residents, by renegade military and by local police along the Andaman Sea coast have surfaced, compounding Thailand’s dilemma.
Last ”sailing season,” according to the best estimates, about 35,000 boatpeople fled ?? “ethnic cleansing” in Burma, often without a destination in mind.
This was a four-fold increase on the number who fled in the previous October to April sailing season.
The expectation is that unless the approach of the Burmese Government changes, the number of boatpeople will multiply again in the next sailing season.
Phuket Immigration officials are due to give a media conference about the escapedBENGALI_ Rohingya tomorrow.