The bodies of six people were recovered from a boat loaded with Rohingyas off the coast of Myanmar

The bodies of six people were recovered from a boat loaded with Rohingyas off the coast of Myanmar
The bodies of six people were recovered from a boat loaded with Rohingyas off the coast of Myanmar

Six bodies have been recovered along with 59 Rohingya survivors in a boat floating near Ayurveda Gayatgi Island in Myanmar.

Local residents told BannerNews affiliate Radio Free Asia (RFA)., The Myanmar coastguard went to stop the boat on Monday after it was reported that the vessel had been drifting in the sea for several days near Gayatgi Island, close to the coast.

said a resident who did not want to be named for security reasons, The Myanmar Navy was dispatched from nearby Ka Don to arrest them.

There were dead bodies in the boat. It appears that the boat’s engine had broken down. It floated in the ocean for a long time. People starved to death,” He said.

Local residents said, 3 males and 3 females died. 59 people are alive. A child died there after being taken to the police station to take the survivors to Bogal region. However, RFA could not independently verify this information.

Bogale area is located about 105 km southwest of Yangon, the commercial center of Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Social Affairs Minister and Ayurveda Regional Military Council spokesman Mong Thanh did not respond to repeated calls by RFA on Wednesday for comment.

It was not immediately clear where the boat had departed from and what kind of disciplinary action might be taken against the surviving Rohingya. In the past, Rohingya migrants have been jailed for three to six months under Myanmar’s immigration laws in these cases.

On June 21, local authorities detained 28 Rohingyas when a boat arrived near a village in Kayaklat town in the Ayrawadi region.

More than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims live in the Buthidong and Maungdoo areas in the northern part of Rakhine state. In 2017, about 750,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh to escape the terrible army operation. There they are living in the refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar.

Among those who could not escape, hundreds of Rohingya including women and children were killed and many villages were burned.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, is investigating the military’s crimes of genocide in a case filed by The Gambia. The US State Department has already termed Myanmar’s actions as genocide.

Even though five years have passed since that repression, Stateless Rohingya refugees have yet to return to their home country of Myanmar.

Hundreds of thousands more Rohingya remain in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. Their right of movement there is more restricted.

Jarni Soe, a human rights activist in Rakhine, told RFA last week that their situation could worsen amid renewed fighting between the Arakan Army and junta troops in the state’s north.

The report was prepared by the RFA Burmese Service.


The article is in Bengali

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